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Meet Cora: From Canada to North Africa

By Lydia Gingerich, RMM staff writer

Cora* is 21 and grew up in Ontario, Canada where her parents are involved in a church plant. In early September she moved to North Africa for two years to assist RMM workers Raleigh and Opal* in caring for their children. She will also study the local languages and point locals toward Jesus.

What have you been up to in the last five years?

I graduated from high school in 2012, and then I went straight to a Bible college in Ohio the following fall. After a year there, I returned home to go to our community college for early childhood education. That was a two-year program, so after I graduated from that, I have been working in a childcare setting and loving it.

What excites you about going to North Africa?

I am excited to experience a new culture and see how people live in another part of the world and learn from them. I also look forward to the laid-back culture and how relationships govern the schedule, rather than time. I am eager to help Raleigh and Opal, so they can continue to build relationships with the locals. I am also rather excited about the fact that I won’t have to deal with snow for the next two winters!

What circumstances brought you to the decision to move to North Africa?

Earlier this year, I told God that I was willing to do missions if that is what he had for me. A few weeks later my dad sent me RMM’s ad about a childcare assistant needed in North Africa. This got me really excited because it seemed like the type of thing I would enjoy doing. I emailed RMM that same day to ask about more information. At that point I had no idea what would come of it, but I surrendered it over to God and said that he would have to work out the details if this assignment was for me. Through the whole process of learning more about the position and meeting the family, I continued to have a deep excitement and everything has worked out smoothly.

In what ways have you been involved with childcare in the past?

I have always loved taking care of children. Even as a child, I would try to take care of those younger than me.☺ When I was younger I did any babysitting jobs that I could find and spent time with small children whenever I could. Now being an RECE (Registered Early Childhood Educator) I get to be in the childcare setting every day! Currently I am an educator of an Aboriginal toddler group and love that role! I have also worked with infants, preschool and school-aged children.

What are some challenges you are anticipating in moving to North Africa?

I have never learned another language before, so learning the local language may be more challenging for me. However, I am excited that I will have a private teacher to whom I can ask lots of questions! I also expect the normal challenges of moving to a new culture and learning how to get around, how to buy food, and simply learning how to live in a completely different part of the world!

What are you going to miss about home?

When I think about what I will miss, I immediately think of people. I will miss my family and the time I get to spend with my sister every day. I will miss my church family and being connected there and all the fun we have together. I have also come to love my job and my co-workers and it will be very hard to say good-bye to everyone there. I will also miss the Canadian scenery I get to enjoy every day, but I expect that there will be new scenery in North Africa that I will begin to appreciate once I get there!

Is there anything else you want our readers to know?

I am so thankful for my parents’ support in this decision. They were the ones who first showed me RMM’s ad about the position and encouraged me to find out more. I have come to realize that my parents’ attitude toward this opportunity is not normal. When I told a few different friends about my decision to go to North Africa, they asked if my parents were okay with me going and they thought it was crazy that my parents weren’t even worried about me. This is not to say that my parents don’t care what happens to me, but they know this is where God is leading me and they know following God requires sacrifice. I have grown up with my parents’ attitude as a wonderful example, and for this I am truly thankful!

What are ways people can be praying for you?

As I think about all the unknowns of going to a new country, pray that I would continue to trust God with all of the details and not stress.

* Names changed for security