May 15, 2012

Walking Together - Round Table - Day 1

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EduDeo Ministries hosted a number of key experienced Canadian and International educators at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario for the 'Walking Together Round Table'. 

Focused on current Gospel efforts to promote Christ-centred education and the development of a transformational Biblical worldview in local classrooms in the majority world, the round table featured presentations by leading educators from Southern Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and South Africa. 

The day began with a devotional based on Duane Elmer's missional treatise 'Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christ-like Humility' by Hank de Jong, Executive Director of EduDeo Ministries. Then keynote speaker Dr. Samson Mahkado, African Director of the Association of Christian Schools International directed the round table to the critical need for faith-based education rooted in a Biblical worldview on the African continent. 

"We need a holistic approach to education that applies of all of human life," stressed Dr. Mahkado, pointing to five key regions across Africa where Christian schools and Christian school associations are flourishing. 

Chaired by Walking Together Director John Vanderhoek, Dr. Mahkado's inspirational address was followed by project presentations on seven exciting EduDeo Ministries-supported initiatives and partnerships around the globe. 

The first presentation featured the ongoing development of Biblical worldview in classrooms in French West Africa by Christian educators Dr. Benjamin Hegeman and Jim Vreugdenhil.  A second presentation featured educator Benna Nicolai and ongoing teacher development in the Latin American country of Belize. 

Following lunch at the Redeemer campus executive dining room, faculty member Dr. Henry Brouwer demonstrated both a bicyle-powered and solar-powered battery system that could assist educators in remote developing world classrooms. 

The afternoon session featured presentations on EduDeo partnerships by educators Gary Van Arragon and Linda Geerts in the Dominican Republic; Marc and Dora Stroobosscher in South Africa; Jim Vreugdenhil and Jules de Jager in Zambia; Bob Koole and Tena Siebenga-Valstar in Nicaragua and Ike and Jenny Witteveen and Jake and Minka Vriend in Ethiopia and the newly formed country of South Sudan. 

Michael Alemu, Vice-President of partner ministry CH Global, commended Ike and Jenny Witteveen and Jake and Minka Vriend for their educational and worldview development efforts in classrooms in South Sudan. 

Thanking ministry partners CH Global and SIM Canada, John Vanderhoek closed the first day of the round table in prayer. 

The round table continues Tuesday, May 15.

Comments:

Ike & Jennie Witteveen
May 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Two days of inspiration! Learned so much from others how God is at work in so many ways. Thank you for this opportunity.

God bless you at EduDeo Ministries!

Jim & Chris Vreugdenhil
May 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm

It was great to be part of the dialogue with fellow Christian educators. It was really wonderful to see how God is at work---building his Kingdom through the growth in Christian education throughout the world. May the joy of the Lord continue to be your strength at EduDeo Ministries.

Benjamin Hegeman
May 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

what a blessing to be here. It may well be the most blessed consultation of 2012 for me. John, Michelle and Hank did an excellent job in planning and hosting. it was true kingdom work by humble disciples of Christ. What an honour to have been there.

John Vanderhoek
May 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

The stories of faithful disciples and expert educational practitioners and the impact they have had and are having was truly inspirational. God is, indeed, blessing the work of EduDeo.

Nathan
May 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

May the Lord continue to richly bless each of you as you continue to faithfully serve Him worldwide.

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