Greetings,Friends. I trust that this letter finds you well and appreciating the goodness of God in this new year. Here, school is back in full swing. The school is exploding with new intakes. We have hired teachers, both to replace the two who left for university and to add a second four year old class, as thirty two tinies are just too many for one teacher to handle well! Our primary one class has surpassed that number, but we have already had to borrow the church’s youth hall for them and have nowhere to put another class. It is a good problem to have!
It appears that we will be welcomed in Fangun shortly. We met with the head of quality control at the state education department on January 21st. The reaction was positive and she promised to get the official papers in our hand very soon I am excited! This is a Muslim administration welcoming a Christian missionary into a Muslim community to work with exclusively Muslim kids. This is the favor of God, and I stand in awe.
Currently, the plan is for me to stay at my current school until 10am and teach a newcomer’s remedial reading class, get on a bike and head to Fangun to teach from 10:30 to 12:30 and be back in Jebba by one. Teacher training will begin at two. Pray for my physical endurance!
In calculating the cost of transportation, it appeared beneficial to both my bike man and myself to purchase him a new bike in exchange for a year’s worth of transportation. (A little under $700) He is thrilled and I am no longer afraid of breakdowns in the middle of the bush! Along with driving, he will remain there until it is time to leave as a bit of added security for me.
Please pray for relationship building and impact for the Kingdom in Fangun. Also, please remember our need to construct two new classrooms. Thanks so much to those who have already given.
As always, know that your prayers, emails, encouraging words and financial partnership are highly appreciated.
God Bless You as We Reach Nigeria Together.
About Joanne Chinkers
Joanne is a certified Special Education teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. In 2010, she accepted a challenge to spend a year in the interior region of Nigeria with the stated goal of improving the level of education in one of the first Christian schools built in that area. Through teacher training, coaching in the classroom, and direct contact with students, she saw dramatic changes in both teachers and students.