Leaders need investment. They need encouragement – someone to say, ‘I am walking this same path with you.’ That’s why we work to connect our partners around the world, bringing together teachers, principals, and leaders to hear each other’s stories. When leaders have the best possible support, they flourish. And their schools and students flourish with them.

Mitiku is a leader in Christian education in Ethiopia, but often finds his role isolating. In October 2018, we asked him to join us for a training with leaders in Rwanda. He was eager to learn and eager to listen – and now eager to keep going.

“Sometimes, I give up in my initiative to contribute to Christian education in Ethiopia due to various reasons: the communities’ lack of awareness, a misunderstanding of Christian education, or a lack of commitment from people.

After visiting Rwanda and listening to their stories, now I have come to say: problems are everywhere, and I am not the only one. There are also others who are dealing with the same challenges like us.

This helped me to endure with perseverance.”

We celebrate Mitiku’s change in perspective.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Juanita's Story: Your 2019 Impact 0 comments

Juanita's story is featured in our 2019 Impact Report. Keep reading for more stories of transformation.

Juanita’s heart is in Nicaragua. It’s in El Shaddai Christian School. The school began as a small community feeding program, but Juanita knew she needed to offer the children more than just food in their stomachs – they needed wisdom in their hearts.

“We started with 45 children and just two benches and some tables. We didn’t have any whiteboards or blackboards. Some friends of mine that were teachers came and worked as teachers for one year with no pay. We started without any money – just the wish to serve.”

“Every year, our enrollment would go up and now we have over 250 students.” Even Juanita couldn’t have anticipated this growth. “So, in 2009, we went to the Ministry of Education to apply to become a school. They told us that they weren’t taking any more schools in, but the Lord provided a miracle, and they accepted us.

It was the happiest day of our lives.”

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Nayelis' Story: Your 2019 Impact 0 comments

Nayelis' story is featured in our 2019 Impact Report. Keep reading for more stories of transformation.

Five years ago, Nayelis started attending Emanuel Christian School in the Dominican Republic, but her life looked very different from how it does now.

“I was facing a lot of issues in my life. I was always angry, had very little patience and felt no affection for anyone. After a while, my teachers noticed that something was wrong with me. They sent me to the counselor’s office, and from that day on, they would encourage me, pray with me and read Scripture.” It was her teachers’ determination to never give up on her that sent Nayelis into a season of hope.

“One day, I attended the chapel service at school, and I heard God’s voice speaking to me. I felt something special happening within me. I felt loved by God in a way I had never before experienced.

At the end of the service I asked the preacher to pray for me. He held my hands as tears were coming from my eyes. All the pain that I felt for so long started to disappear. I felt free for the first time in my life. If God had not placed me at Emanuel School, I don’t know where my life would have ended up.”

Nayelis’ transformation happened at school, but affected every part of her life and heart – what a beautiful experience to celebrate.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

She Usually Makes it To School 0 comments

She usually makes it to school.

Unless the bridge has fallen down again.  Or unless the bridge is just too slippery to navigate safely after the seasonal tropical downpours.

The locals living in a swampy subdivision next to the Belize City cemetery are used to their bridge of patched pallets - pallets which are precariously held up by rickety stick pillars. The unstable walkways, smeared with dog droppings, teeter and totter as they wind their way around ramshackle dwellings. Once the rainy season begins, the swamp water comes up two or three feet, almost to the bottom of the shanties. And the crocodiles move in. Pieces of the bridge may not have fallen yet, but she might slip off.

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