I Teach Therefore I Am

Before I left America everyone was asking what I was going to do in Africa. I talked about starting businesses. I talked about meeting with leaders. I even mentioned a small project to combat human trafficking I was working on. But when people asked if I was planning on teaching, my answer was always a resounding “no”.

Well, I was wrong.

I appreciate the way so many of you held your tongues and tried to keep from looking too smug as you told me that I would eventually teach again. I suppose I was really tired of teaching and needed a break, but that break is officially over.

I love to teach. I am a teacher. I now realize this better than I did before. Like a musician wakes up in the morning with a melody in their head, or an artist wakes with painting/photo/sculpture, I wake up every morning and dream late at night about ways to make the Scriptures understood to people. It is just what I do. It is the melody playing in the background of my life. It’s been quietly playing there for the last 2 years while I didn’t have a formal teaching role. I tried to ignore it, but I can’t anymore.

I started teaching at a small leadership formation school here in Mozambique to a class of 9 young men and women. It is amazing. Even in my broken Portuguese, they are soaking up what I’m teaching.

So alongside of businesses I am starting with young leaders, relationships I am forming with pastors, and a little anti-human trafficking project I play a small part in, I now teach. You see, I am a teacher. I teach, therefore I am.


About daveterpstra

Beggar, Abolitionist, Man of God
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6 Responses to I Teach Therefore I Am

  1. Daniel Nice says:

    At 7am I have a big smile on my face, that is about all I have to say about that 🙂 We love you and yours and are excited to continue to be a part of where God is leading you.

  2. Scot says:

    Congrats on being refreshed and re-energized to use a talent again.

  3. I am so glad to hear that you have found a renewed love of teaching. You are an amazing teacher! Isn’t funny how sometimes God uses other to lift up a man who misplaced his calling. All those people who knew that God made you a teacher and never lost sight of that! I can’t say that I was one of those people…after coming to visit I wasn’t sure what the future held for you…but I do know this we serve such a wonderful God that gives us what we need…and the world needs you to communicate the scriptures in a way that all people come to hear and know the word of God. I am so glad to hear that the soundtrack of your life includes and encompasses teaching! Some are just born to teach!!!

  4. cheri says:

    I love it! and I’m smiling with you.

  5. Jen Dodge says:

    You are an amazing teacher, Dave! Craig and I loved learning from you while you were here, and we’re glad to hear you’re using your gift there, too. We miss your teaching!

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