Two days a week I am teaching at one of the IDP schools right outside of Jos. Most of the children at the camp are orphans and have been displaced from their homes due to crisis in their state. At the school I am teaching Christian Religious Education to Jr. and Sr. High kids. I was worried about it at first because I am not a teacher. Things never came easy to me when I was in school, so I have always been intimidated by the world of education. BUT, by Gods grace, things are going great! I am loving teaching and interacting with the kids. They are so sweet and very eager to learn. Next week we are doing a drama in class of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. They were all very excited to hear that we were going to acting out what they had just learned!
When we are done teaching for the day, we stay and play with the elementary school kids. That has been such a blast! We brought a parachute last week (not going to lie, I was reliving my childhood with them a bit!) They loved it. I have also learned a few new African games and songs, the kids love teaching us! I am feeling truly blessed to be able to be here and serve!
Life is good! So far I’ve had a blast touring Jos, meeting new people, and eating great food! I am still getting used to the dust of dry season, and heat of Nigerian sun! Yes, the sun does feel different on my skin here! This week I will be officially starting my ministries! Listed below are the places I will be serving during the week.
A girls transition home. I will be assisting teaching vocational skills, farming, and life skills. This week, I am starting out with teaching the girls how to hand sew! I think it will be really neat, I have a couple fun projects in mind for them! I will also be teaching sports! So I will be able teach and share my love for volleyball!
A home and safe place for children who have been internationally displaced from there homes, due to crisis in there states. I will be teaching Christian Studies in their secondary school twice a week.
An Orphanage where they also have a Christian School. I will be helping out with their new arrivals program, along with a couple of other things. I went this week and it was so great to meet, play, and love on the kids!
–Confidence in teaching at the IDP school.
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Snail mail- Kate Smith
Jos, Plateau State
After over a day of travel I made it to Jos Nigeria. I’m praising God for safe travels! It has been a whirlwind so far, but I have loved every minute of it! I am now settled into my apartment (pictured above) and am getting acquainted with the city. Our compound is in the middle of the Jos so we can walk to most things we need. So far the food has been amazing, nice and spicy! Yesterday I got to explore the market for a bit which was fun but also a little overwhelming…..I know soon it will be my new normal. I bought fabric to get an African dress made by a widows sewing ministry they have here. It will be ready in a couple of weeks and then I can post some pictures. They encouraged me to get bright bold colors and prints. Which as most of you know is not my usual attire lol but I’m excited to see how it turns out! The internet here is not very good so I can’t upload very many pictures. God Bless, Kate
Welcome to my blog! If you have found yourself here you probably know some of the details about me and my upcoming trip. But for those of you who don’t, its me Kate! Twenty eight year old, standard white female, taking a break from work and everyday life to explore Gods call on my life to serve in Jos, Nigeria. In Jos, I will be teaching english and christian studies along with working in a girls home. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to see what is in store for the next couple months! I’m planning on posting pictures, updates and prayer requests on here when I can. Please feel free to contact me on here or email me at Ksmith7787@gmail.com