Rachel Collins – Missionary Teacher
Christian Academy Petit Goave, Haiti
Born and raised in New Hampshire, the first time I went to Haiti I was fourteen. After the second day I knew I must return. Six more times I returned for week-length visits through high school and college, doing everything from Vacation Bible School to lugging blocks and boards for building.
After graduating with my Bachelors Degree in English Literature in 2013, I continued to search for placement in Haiti, to no avail. Instead, I earned my Teaching English as Foreign Language certification and moved to South Korea in June 2015 to teach English. I thought to gain experience teaching and living abroad, and save money to fund living in Haiti. At my contract’s end I returned Stateside and was offered position as an English teacher at Christian Academy of Petit Goave in Haiti. God granted me the opportunity to follow my long-time desire of serving in Haiti! In September 2016 I began teaching second grade English at the school. Through the year I expanded to teach math and Bible and first grade English as well, and grew in my confidence, Creole skills, and faith.
“Ti” Goave is now home where I live with my co-worker Beverly Burton from Texas and a local Haitian family. Our school is blessed with ten Haitian staff and now 150 students aged 3 to 8. The school provides a hot meal, clean water, first aid, a safe and creative space, education, Christian teaching and love to the third-world poor. We impact the community at large, giving value and opportunity to children who would otherwise have none. I am so grateful to work and sweat for Jesus, paid in blessings abundant far superior to a salary. God has created a special space for myself and my talents of teaching, language, art, and organization, and I don’t want to imagine my life any other way now.
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