Florala grad to teach English to Wolofs

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 7, 2014

For the past several years, Florala High School graduate Elisabeth Nichols has been teaching children and working in the mission field in Dakar, Senegal through the Assemblies of God church.

This week, she’s making the long trek back to the U.S., before returning for a new mission in Senegal.

For the next year, Nichols will be in the States, working on fundraising for her new mission work, and she’ll be doing what she loves – teaching.

“Typically, (getting another job) does not happen,” she said. “But I was given special permission to get a teaching job while in the States for two reasons – I will not receive a salary while raising support since I am considered a ministry associate, and I need to keep my Alabama Teaching Certificate current and this is the easiest way to do so.”

When Nichols returns to Senegal, she said she’ll be part of a fabulous team that will work to reach the Wolof, the largest “unreached” people in Senegal.

“As of now, the plan is for me to be the English teacher at our center,” she said. “I’ll also be learning Wolof, getting to know and love the people living in the community around me, and helping out with anything else I can to support my teammates.”

While in America, Nichols needs to raise more money for her missions budget.

“My missions budget is increased by more than three times what it is now, so that combined with a significant drop in continued support this year, will leave me having to hit the fundraising trail pretty heavily in order to get new support,” she said.

For more information or to donate, email Nichols at enichols85@gmail.com.