My family moved to Papua New Guinea as missionaries the summer before I turned 13. I attended Numonohi Christian Academy (NCA) from 9th-12th grade and was part of the boarding program there. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the mission school, and it was during my senior year, when I had a teacher’s aide position, that I decided I wanted to become a missionary teacher as I saw the need NCA had every year for teachers. I returned to Canada and earned my Bachelor of Christian School Education degree, always with the long-term plan to teach in a mission school.
I got married in 2009 and moved to Korea with my husband to teach English for a year. While in Korea, my husband was in an accident and passed away a week later. I returned to Canada unsure of what God had next.
A few months later I saw an opening at NCA in Goroka, PNG, for the following school year. I arrived in PNG in June 2011 as a Skilled Associate and spent four years teaching grades one, four, and kindergarten.
Those four years are a testament to God’s faithfulness. He has helped me to work through the grief of losing my husband and reaffirmed my passion to teach missionary children. I count it a privilege to be a part of what God is doing in PNG: to hear reports in church of new works opening, to see pictures of the Bible teaching, to watch videos featuring tribal people sharing their testimonies, and to celebrate completed works with New Testament Bible dedications.
I am in the process of finishing up my associate term and am planning on returning to Canada to complete my training with Ethnos Canada and Lord wiling return to PNG as a career member.