Teaching in the South Pacific

October 28 2014

In August, Danielle Flood-Coleman, from N. Ireland, returned to the South Pacific for a second year of teaching at the OMS-related international school.

Danielle writes, I am still a teacher. For those of you who aren’t sure what that entails; it means I get home every day really tired. It means I spend all day thinking about the children in my care, whether they have enough support or whether the work has seemed too easy for them. I assess how well my pupils are understanding their lessons, and change them accordingly, I decide how well they are responding to what they should know and what they don’t yet know. I am constantly changing and looking for new ideas. Teaching is never static. Every day is different, and that is both exhilarating and sometimes exhausting. I love teaching the children in my care. I love talking one-on-one with them and with them as a class. I love hearing their love for Jesus and I love seeing their academic improvement. Depending on the situation I am parent, doctor, counsellor, guider and sometimes, when I get time, teacher. I am their teacher as Christ has called me to be. This month has been settling into the dynamics of teaching two grades simultaneously. The challenge lies in trying to get the lessons to fit together like pieces of a puzzle so all the pupils are occupied all the time. This also is balanced with all the other aspects of school life, so although I feel like I haven’t done very much this month, it’s just because I have put a lot if it under the heading of ‘School.’

This month, God showed me that in my walk with him it is not in the big things where I struggle. I’m happy to move across the world for him, that is not where my problem lies. My problem lies in the small things, the daily sacrifices, the daily quiet times and the daily prayer life. That is the area that needs work. So, that is what I’m looking at at the moment; trusting God with the everyday and being a little more `Mary’ and a little less `Martha.’

I have many things lined up this month. Just looking at the schedule has me saying to myself ‘One day at a time, Danielle.’


Are you a teacher? Are you interested in serving overseas for a year or more, using the gifts God has given you? We have many opportunities to serve around the world. Contact Andrea at afisher@onemissionsociety.org today to see if we can fit together.

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