October 5, 2016

Learning God's Love

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How modelling God's love created a place of flourishing at a school in Nicaragua

What are the signs of a Christ-centred school? The presence of Biblical through-lines and themes displayed on the walls? Schools that actively serve their community? The reading of the Bible and prayer?

Visit any of EduDeo’s partner schools and you’re sure to find some – if not all – of these signs. And yet, the most dramatic sign that a school is Christ-centred isn’t found on the classroom walls. It’s in the character of the people – the students and teachers – and the love of Christ they show to others.

When teachers model and students embrace this love – lives are transformed. No one knows this better than 8 year-old Misael.  

Born Different

Misael was born with a malformed eye.

“I was shocked when he was born,” Eneyda, Misael’s mother said. “I said to myself: This boy is going to be my greatest love! I’m going to give him the love he deserves as there are some mothers who reject their children when they see that they have a disability.”
Misael grew. And the time came for Eneyda to choose a school for her son. “I was very afraid,” Eneyda said. “I was afraid of [Misael] being discriminated for his impairment.”
That was when Eneyda choose to send Misael to Monte Sinai Christian School.

“Many of my neighbours told me the teachers took care of their students,” Eneyda said. Monte Sinai was known by the community as a place where all students experienced love and acceptance. In 2013, Misael started school.

‘We Are All Children of God’

At Monte Sinai, teachers took time to talk with their students about Misael and his realities.

“We taught them, through the Bible, how God loves all of us and created us in a special way; that some of us may be missing something physically, but how we are all children of God despite the difficulties we can have,” shared Eveling Sanchez, Principal at Escuela Cristiana Monte Sinai.

Seeing Beyond the Mirror

Misael’s peers weren’t the only ones learning to see past Misael’s injured eye. The most important person learning to see past his disability was Misael himself.

“Over the months Misael was uncomfortable before his classmates,” Cathy, one of Misael’s teachers, said. “One of the first things I did was to get closer to him so he could trust me and express how he was feeling.”

“Misael told me that he was embarrassed before his classmates due to his impairment. Then one day Misael asked me: ‘Teacher, God loves me as I am, right?’ I said to him; ‘Yes! God loves you just as you are because every one of us is unique before God. It doesn´t matter what you see in the mirror because He loves you just as you are!’  And then he told me: ‘Yes, right!’ And gave me a big hug that I felt deep inside of me.”

From that day on, Misael started to relate more with his classmates.  

Flourishing

Misael is flourishing at Monte Sinai. He greets teachers with a smile. He enthusiastically accepts his classmates many invitations to play. Misael loves to read, receiving 3rd place in the ‘Let’s Read, Reading is Fun’ competition.

When asked what he loves about his school, Misael says, “What I like from Monte Sinai Christian School are the values of love, fellowship, kindness and respect they teach us.”

Love. That value is more than just a word. It’s lived out every day.

“I´m sure that the most important value is LOVE,” Eveling Sánchez, Monte Sinai’s principal, says.

“The Bible says; ‘whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.’ This is why we practice that love in our school. What is most important is that all the teachers share God´s love for every child. That’s what makes us different from other schools.”

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Comments:

Jacqueline
Oct 8, 2016 at 7:10 pm

What a beautiful and uplifting story. It is so important that we all know that God created us just the way we are and to be there for all who need us.

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