By Dana Fee
My interest and love for languages as a European missionary kid spurred my continuous study in college. While I was an undeclared major for two years, I continued my pursuit of French, which I had started in fifth grade. I was thrilled that my university offered Russian language and other cultural studies, which eventually became my minor. Just for fun, I took a German class. Not long after the crazy semester that I took three languages, I discovered the field that encompassed and fueled my passion for languages, the study of linguistics. I graduated with a dual major in French and Linguistics. Shortly after, I entered a Master in Education program so I could teach. My long-term goal was to equip myself to teach English as a second language so I could live in any country of the world and share the gospel.
As it turned out, I did teach English and French in Moscow, Russia, while doing missionary work with my husband. Then the Lord led us back to the Midwest to pastor, where I found a position teaching kindergarten through eighth grade students French, Spanish, and Latin at a small college-prep school in Iowa.
When God began calling me to preach and teach the Word, I naturally wanted to better equip myself which led me to the distance learning program at Urshan Graduate School of Theology. Because of the knowledge gained and the relationships established with professors and fellow students, I experienced the most life-transforming educational encounter at UGST.
A natural result of studying one’s interests and passions is to share it with others. I am blessed to teach languages to my students and to teach and preach the Word of God to my church. I am grateful to my mother and all my teachers for inspiring my love of learning.
The above article, “Love of Learning,” is written by Dana Fee. The article was excerpted from Forward Magazine.
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