is little to no rainfall in Nigeria from January through May, so
Rawn Woodlief's middle school students could hardly sit still in
anticipation of the year's first downpour. When the rain finally
fell, they begged to look outside and stand or lie down in the fresh
wonderful to see students rejoice in God's creation in any
land," Woodlief '91 wrote to family and friends, describing
her work in the city of Jos as an English and social studies teacher
to the children of Bible translators and local students.
(left, center)has been lending spiritual support to Bible
translators since her first year at Oberlin and throughout her graduate
and teaching work at the Newark Christian School in New Jersey.
She then joined Wycliffe Bible Translators, an international organization
working with 1,095 world languages. With continued financial support
from family and friends, she journeyed to Hillcrest School in Jos,
which houses several mission and church headquarters, and teaches
students from more than 20 countries, visits with mission teams
in remote locations, organizes monthly prayer sessions for translators,
and is part of a 300-member Bible study group.
can't think of anything else I would rather do," Woodlief says.
"The worldview of my students is much broader than most school
settings in the U.S. They are caring, tend to be less concerned
about material things, and are respectful."
summer, Woodlief agreed to extend her teaching commitment for another
year, after which time she plans to return to the U.S. before heading
back to West Africa in 2004.