Jan Porter has been at ‘school’ or on the journey of learning and teaching all her life. This journey has included teaching in a number of state schools throughout the North Island, homeschooling her own children along with others as a homeschool co-operative, and stepping into the unknown of special character education in the form of Tau Te Arohanoa Akoranga in 2000.
As Jan looks back over quite a few years, and wonders “Why?” and can only testify according to the scripture, ‘A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his path’ as this would aptly describe her journey. At every turning point in her life and teaching, the Lord has opened and closed doors, placed circumstances in Jan’s life which limited her choices and made clear the path.
Tau Te Arohanoa Akoranga became a satellite campus of KingsWay School in 2014. Jan has been inspired by the courage of others such as Jackie Pullinger and James Hudson Taylor who took risks, crossed cultural boundaries and were willing to be misunderstood, in order to share the gospel. Jan has found the liberty of teaching [and learning] in a ‘biblical, bicultural, bilingual’ special character school an absolute joy and privilege.
‘Moemoetia te moemoea, engari whakatinanahia’ translates as ‘Dream the dream, but give it a body that will be active. We are his hands, his feet, his voice to a world that needs to see, feel and hear him.
Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui.
Term 1, 2018
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