I trust that you are enjoying the changing of the seasons. Here in Hendersonville, NC, the leaves are beginning to change, the cornfields have turned brown, the last apples are being picked and the mornings are brisk. I, for one, find the cool weather quite refreshing!
My health issues, though not completely resolved, are ironing themselves out. My goal is to be back in Nigeria at the beginning of January. We worked long and hard for that residency permit. I certainly do not want to waste it here! Plus, my phone is ringing almost daily from my teachers and friends in Nigeria. We have worked out many issues and sent money to cover many expenses, but it is so much simpler to be on ground!
The Word of Life Academy’s population is up to 270! We now have two three-year-old classes, two first grade classes and, for the first time in the history of the school, may need to hire an extra daycare worker! Great problems to have!
Unfortunately, one of our finest teachers is relocating to join family far west of Jebba. After some coaxing, we were able to convince her to complete the term with us and to train the new teachers who will be taking over the first-grade classes. Another seasoned teacher also left as her husband is no longer in Jebba. Her replacement is being trained as well. Thank God that we now have well trained folks who are capable of training others!
In Fangun, the former Islamic teacher has been given the position of headmaster of the school. Thankfully, he is much more accepting and appreciative of our presence than he was at the beginning! Please pray that his own life will be impacted by the Gospel, as well as all of the young men under him. Only one government teacher is currently in a classroom. We have employed the rest, and one of them is his son. I am eager to build a productive relationship, both in the building up of the school and the building up of the Kingdom!
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.