Hello friends! I'm excited to tell you that this fall I will be teaching English Composition and Academic Communication at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania!
Please consider supporting and walking with me on this journey . . .
My journey with LCC began a little over two years ago when I decided to go back to the job I missed the most: teaching.
I heard about LCC from a friend and within three months, I had applied to LCC’s MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program and as a volunteer teacher in their Summer Language Institute. This was the first step on the journey.
The only way I can describe how I felt about LCC and Lithuania was that it was pulling me, and I couldn’t say no to the call.
For the past two years, I have spent six weeks each summer at LCC as both a teacher and a student. I can say personally that LCC’s mission of changing lives through relationship building has changed mine.
I’ve held in the back of my mind the thought that I might teach at LCC full-time – someday – at an unspecified time in the future. However, when the opportunity came for the 2018-2019 school year, I knew I needed to answer yet another call.
This is an amazing opportunity to be a bigger part of the LCC community and help further its mission.
But I can’t do it alone.
Any institution of higher learning requires a lot of resources to provide quality education. LCC is no exception. Because LCC’s mission is to change lives through education, it strives to make this education as affordable as possible. The university continually works to raise funds that provide scholarships to many students who would not be able to attend otherwise.
Additionally, when expatriate faculty and staff bring their own funding (i.e. do not receive a salary from the university) it means that more students are able to experience an education and environment that is often life changing.
In order for me to teach at LCC this coming school year, I would like to ask you to consider supporting me in one or more of the following ways:
Prayer: Seeking God’s blessing and guidance for me. Knowing that people are praying for me has given me the courage and strength to face many past challenges and will carry me through in the future.
Care: Offering tangible gifts such as donating airlines miles for a trip home.
Share: Helping with finances. Without funds it would be impossible for me to answer this call. I am seeking to raise $10,000 for the year. This will cover travel, visa, and a small monthly allowance. LCC will provide on campus housing at no cost.
I am hoping and praying to raise a significant portion of the funds by August 1 before the school year begins.
Both one time gifts and monthly pledges are welcome.
Ways to Give
There are two ways provide funds:
1. LCC’s 501(c)3 North American Charity. All funds need to be given in my name and will be held in my LCC account. These funds are tax deductible and will receive a receipt.
See below for more information on how to give through the LCC charity.
2. A few people have asked if they can give to me directly. The answer is yes, of course! However, these funds are considered gifts and are not eligible for a tax deduction.
Contact me directly and we can talk about how to facilitate gifts.
LCC has an online system to facilitate donations: https://www.lcc.lt/giving-north-america/
On this page there are two options for giving:
1. A one-time gift. Click on Donate from USA. Enter your information and credit card number. Please be sure to indicate “Faculty/Staff Support” and put my name in the comment box so that funds will be allocated to me.
2. Automatic withdrawal for monthly donations. Again, be sure that funds are set up in my name.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Thank you for prayerfully considering my request and following God’s guidance!
LCC is an English language liberal arts institution, founded in 1991 by a joint venture of Lithuania, Canadian, and American foundations. LCC’s mission is to change lives through education within a Christian context.
About 550 students are enrolled and major in business, English, psychology, theology, communications, or international relations. The student population is quite diverse with one third from Lithuanian while two thirds are international, coming from over 38 countries.
The campus is relatively small with an administration and classroom building, two residence halls, and a gym. Some expatriate faculty and staff also live on campus. A unique community develops on campus, which helps foster relationships between students, faculty, and staff.
Read more about LCC at: www.lcc.lt
A Leap of Faith
In moments like these – when I don’t know exactly how things will work out, and it feels like a huge leap of faith – I remember that God knows more than I do. God sees the whole picture and all the parts that I couldn’t possibly see.
Faith is moving forward without knowing all the details and trusting that they will become clear.
I’m ready to take the first step . . . I would love for you to join me!
A Special Thank You
As a way of saying Thank You and giving you the opportunity to share this journey more closely with me, I have created a private Supporter Page for those who have committed to supporting me through prayer, care, and/or share.
If you don’t have the password, please contact me and I will send it to you.