What is it like to stay on the mission base and work for BTN? Some of
our volunteers share their thoughts.
Grade 4 Monitor
"My name is Poello Kikine. I started living on the base in
2015. I am so thankful for this opportunity the Lord has given to
study ECD. I am blessed to have people in leadership who see the
best in me and who want what is best for me. They help me grow spiritually
and lead me closer to God. I am filled with hope as I lay my life
in God's hands. I am truly blessed to be here!"
Preschool Supervisor and ECD Lecturer
"I first heard about the school in 1999 and for many years
just knew where it was situated, but I finally joined the team in
2004. I served in the preschool and was trained by many people on
how to work with kids and to use the ACE system. Mr & Mrs Palmer
also gave me the opportunity to study and become qualified as an
ECD teacher for which I am so grateful. In my time here, I have
learned to pray, trust and wait on the Lord while watching Him at
work. It is a blessing to be a part of God's work!"
Senior Learning Centre Supervisor
"Getting here was an act of God and a step of faith. Never
did I think that God would call me to become a teacher, let alone
a missionary teacher! But I would not change it for the world. The
Spiritual reward I receive from working with my kids outweighs any
challenge I face. God taught me so much through them, just like
'iron sharpens iron'. One of the biggest things I have learned here
is I'm independent, yet dependent on God. You learn a lot here,
about yourself and about God. With that said, challenges do come,
but we are all overcomers in Christ. This has become my second family
and I'll stay for as long as God needs me to"
Marian (South African)
Learning Centre Supervisor
A trip to Victoria Falls, delicious, well-prepared meals, beautiful
surroundings, and living with a community of wonderful Christians
are some of the things I've enjoyed since coming to the BTN Base
in January, 2013, to teach at the school. Although I had no prior
experience with the Accelerated Christian Education system, the
program guided me to become a more efficient teacher. This has been
a wonderful time where I have learnt a lot. Being part of this community
has inspired me to appreciate others more and to desire, above all
else, to serve our Lord Jesus.
Heidi (South African)
Grade 1 Supervisor
When I came to the mission base I was supposed to
stay three months, but have now been here for nine years! I have
grown so much being here and I have enjoyed working in the school
office and Learning Centres, and going on mission trips to Zambia,
Botswana, and Namibia.
There have been many challenges but God has always been there for
me. I have met so many wonderful people. God has put me into a wonderful
family. You will grow here as God works in your life."
& Tilla (South African)
School Pastor and Preschool Supervisor
I came to Shayandima as a volunteer in January 1995. Since then
God has led me to stay here and continue to serve in the school.
Over the years I have experienced God's provision in amazing
ways. He made it possible for me to complete a degree in theology
and a diploma in education. He also caused me to meet my wife
here. We've been blessed with three beautiful children and continue
to see God's provision in our day-to-day lives. God is amazing!