Even before my undergraduate I have always loved helping other and serving them. I was the kind of person that would ask to rake people’s yard because I knew that it was through service that I could learn so much from others. Starting in my undergraduate, I began to realize that I could also help and serve others through teaching them the information I had learned. Instead of plowing forward, most of my time in university was spent doing school and helping international students get accustomed to life here in America. In fact, seeing them grow and be successful became a great joy of mine.
After my undergraduate my wife and I moved to China where we have been English teachers in a university for the past four years. We each had upwards of 300 students every semester and loved going above and beyond the call of duty. We gave homework, played games, and met with our students outside the classroom. Though our formal job was to teach them ESL, I found a passion for teaching that was more than a collection of PowerPoint lectures. As a result, teaching is more than simply speaking to the student, but about speaking with the student. My wife and I loved our time in China, but due to COVID-19, and other issues, we had to pack up our family and leave our life there.
Now, we are back in the States. I am finishing up my last semester in my graduate program, and we have taken on several other hats to serve others. We have become small business owners of a candle company, we have become foster care parents, we have served our families whom we have not gotten to see in a very long time, and we continue to serve internationals here. Until now, I have not lost focus of one of the greatest satisfactions in life, helping others and equipping them so that they might reach their goals. Or said in another way, we enjoy being stepping stones and serving people in order for them to complete the tasks that lay ahead of them.
Ouachita Baptist University
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary