You can’t choose options you don’t know exist. With the ASEL team visiting schools weekly to encourage and admonish teachers we’ve seen improvement in their attitudes and teaching methods this year!
Earlier in the school year some teachers were discouraged about their low salaries despite the inflating prices of food this year. Roger was able to encourage them from the word to not grow weary in doing good. They are in a difficult position, but God is our provider. We can trust him to care for us even in hard times. Those same teachers successfully finished this school year with a renewed spirit evidenced by their investment in their students lives. Several middle school students became believers through their witness this year!
Another school just completed it’s 1st year! On an early visit Roger noticed teachers using a stick to try to keep order in the classroom. He made it a priority to visit them at least twice a week to help the teachers understand their role as a Christian educator. By the end of the year, there was a vast difference in the teachers’ attitudes and a majority of parents and students reported how happy they were to be at school.
Our desire is to continue this ministry next school year, but funding is extremely low. Will you consider giving to cover the travel expenses of our ASEL team?
We love 7:30 a.m. By this time, all the students are in class, listening intently to a Bible lesson. Walking by the classrooms, we can hear one of Jesus’ parables in 6th grade, Jesus’ birth in 5th grade, and the story of Elijah’s faithfulness in 4th grade.
By starting every day with the bible, each child at our schools know how much the teachers value God’s word. The bible and teaching truth is the heartbeat of our school, even on a chaotic first day.
Questions and answers are common during Bible class. One forth grade student was asked why Jesus came to earth as a baby. Without hesitation, the boy answered, “to save us from our sins!”
A kindergarten class made a craft about Christ’s death and resurrection. Several students, just 4 and 5 years old, confidently stood up and told the entire story of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus in front of their class.
How amazing that our students know the truth and are not afraid to boldly speak it!
Two years ago, a girl from Ghana, “R”, lost her father so she moved to be with her mother’s family in Adeta, Togo. She didn’t speak any French, but when she saw our students wearing the pink uniforms, she knew she wanted to attend our school.
“R” identified openly as a Muslim but allowed Christy Sopcisak to translate the bible lessons into English for her.
When the it came time to collect school fees, “R” stopped coming to school and because her family couldn’t afford the yearly tuition of $40USD. Thanks to our scholarship fund, she was able to return! She and 30 other students have been helped with tuition costs this school year.
As her French and confidence is improving, “R” has become comfortable in her class, even volunteering to pray in front of the group. We pray that “R” will give her heart to Jesus. We believe in the power of prayer and we know God is using the school ministry to bring more people into His saving grace.
One Sunday, 9 believers were baptized at a local church as a public declaration of their faith in Jesus. Among them was Joseph, our Math teacher La Lumière Middle School.
Right before the baptism, Joseph shared his testimony about how he had grown up going to church but didn’t have a personal relationship with Christ.
When he joined our school in 2016, he also started attending the local baptist church and the pastor met with him individually. It was during these times that he finally realized that Jesus was the only way to have eternal life.
Joseph’s joy and assurance in Jesus Christ is evident to all who meet him. He leads a weekly bible study for middle school boys and is growing in his faith. God is using the schools to change not just the lives of the students, but those of the teachers as well!