“He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”
When I was studying in my University, God led me to this verse while I was on a mission trip in Honduras. From that point on, I knew in my heart that God wanted me to teach overseas. As I continued on in my teacher education program, it was easier for me to see the great need for English speaking teachers abroad. All my life, I had a passion inside of me to go into the world and live out my passion. Finally, it was finally time for the harvest. With that being said, I laid my heart on the line and asked the Lord to lead me to wherever he had planned. He decided to send me to a place I had never been and knew not a soul. That place was Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The majority of my life was spent living in the Midwest town of Des Moines, Iowa; and four years of University in Kansas City, Kansas. I am the middle child of three girls, with two very wonderful parents. My childhood and adolescence were filled with many experiences to generate my sense of adventure. We were able to go on many trips and keep busy with activities as a family. For about ten years, I played soccer and enjoyed outdoor activities. Although the midwest place to be raised, my heart had been set out of the USA. Saying goodbye to friends, family, and all you know to go to a place you have never been was hard, but the blessings that God has showed me is beyond what I could have imagined.
Teaching in Argentina has been a dream come true for me. BAICA is an amazing school with outstanding leaders, teachers, staff, parents, and of course, students. The passion I have seen in all of the people is a true example of the Kingdom of God at work. Not only am I thankful for my second grade students, but I am thankful for all the students that make up this school. Each grade level comes with its own personality, diversity, and unique individuals that give BAICA a way to stand out. The teachers are passionate about what they do and care for the students and the school in a different and more positive way than I have seen in other schools. All of the people that contribute to this school give it such a tight community that allows it to thrive.
With all of this being said, my time in this school so far has been only a short six months, but the time I have experienced has been phenomenal. Teaching overseas is something that is not easy, and comes with many difficult situations and learning opportunities. However, the place where I am at has felt just like home. Passion is not something that is created by ourselves, it is something that God puts inside of us. It is our decision to live out that passion that he has given to us. I pray for the community of BAICA that we may all have and keep our passions to do what God has called us to do in our lives. My heart is with great thanks to be a part of the BAICA community, and I cannot wait to watch it grow!