Communications skills and a strong family unit. These are two of the things that gave one homeschool graduate a heart for the people of Africa. On today’s Home School Heartbeat, Mike Farris interviews Kimberlee Bloom about her journey to an impoverished part of the world.
Kimberlee, last time we talked about ways homeschoolers can are making a difference throughout world. What about you: What did your own homeschooling experience give that enabled you to have a heart for working in missions?
Well, homeschooling has given me several advantages. People have always told me I communicate well to a variety of people, old and young, different ethnicities, etcetera. And I think that was one of the most valuable things I was able to use overseas. Being in a Third World country with little English and a completely different culture is quite an adjustment. The communication skills I was able to develop in communicating with all different people types while growing up was really invaluable. I’ve also been able to work with African children and teach them English and math. Watching my mom and also being able to help school my siblings gave me a teaching advantage.
Kimberlee, that’s great preparation. What turned your heart towards the rest of the world?
God works in humorous ways. It first was placed on my heart when I was a very small girl and in the form of elephants and missions. I decided I was going to be an elephant-riding missionary in Africa. And just the encouragement that my parents cheered me on alongside me and my family just really encouraged me to go beyond what I thought I could even do.
Did you get to ride an elephant?
I did get to ride an elephant!
It’s great to see how God gave you a heart as a young girl to serve the world for Jesus. I’m Mike Farris.