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What and Why... by Christine

This story is part of a series where members share what they are doing and why.

I am a teacher at Bourofaye Christian School in Senegal. BCS is a small international school for children from missionary families working throughout West Africa. This year we have 86 students from 23 nations aged 5 to 17 and I teach grades 7-11 science and French. In year 11 the pupils take international exams through a system run by Cambridge University. Two thirds of our students board on campus and the others live in nearby towns.

English-class.jpgOne of the things I really enjoy about BCS is the family atmosphere and the opportunity to spend time with the children outside of the classroom. We share meals in the dining room and relax together when our work is done. Last week I invited a group of girls to share some chocolate biscuits I had bought back with me from Australia. Needless to say, they loved it! More special than the biscuits was the fellowship we enjoyed, talking about some serious things… and laughing a lot too.

Of course, not every feature of school is a ‘chocolate biscuit moment’! Living in a small, somewhat intimate community like this, a long way from home, has its challenges. So why do I do it? Schools like BCS allow missionaries to stay on the field for longer, knowing that their children’s educational needs are being met. What motivates me day-to-day is my love for these missionary kids. They are the ‘people group’ that God has placed on my heart! I want to walk alongside them, to encourage and support them, and help equip them for whatever the future has in store for them. This is why I do what I do.

Read some other stories about why our members do what they do... 
James in Thailand
Sharon in Uganda
Serving in South East Asia

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