Dear Christian Friend,
“As Christians, we have a biblical mandate to educate our children. Our Christian teachers go beyond just education – they shape character through biblical principles, seek to restore the moral fiber of the nation, and equip our children to impact the world for Christ.” Pastor Joseph Moseray, Sierra Leone.
At the Kissi Town School, twenty students sit shoulder to shoulder, eyes fixed on their notebooks while Principal Joseph Amara helps them prepare for their exam. A year ago, this study session would have been illegal. Schools in Sierra Leone closed for nine months to curb the spread of the Ebola virus which eventually killed more than 11,300 people. Thankfully, the virus is under control and schools reopened in April 2016.
As the school year progresses, we at Global Outreach Mission and our onsite educators continue to face emotional and economic challenges left in the wake of Ebola. Even though the country has been declared Ebola-free, it doesn’t mean the virus is gone forever. In a country where just 75 percent of children attended school before Ebola struck, the struggle to have children return to the classroom has been further exacerbated by reluctant parents. An unofficial survey suggests there has been a surge in teenage pregnancies.
Principal Amara says, “With poverty levels high within our communities, girls drop out of school to become prostitutes for economic survival for our president themselves and their families. During the Ebola crisis, child abuse was rampant and teen pregnancy skyrocketed. The parents became reluctant to have their children return to class, and the teachers were concerned as well. Everyone was pessimistic about getting the children back to school, especially in the context of us still having some Ebola cases. The issue is about avoiding contact and no one was sure to what degree the little children could be controlled and monitored. But there were also economic realities, during the same time, people had been unable to work, so even the parents who were ready to have their children return to school, had no funds to pay the tuition.”
Teachers were hit the hardest, low student turnout equals no salary. Our problem is: in order to continue our Christian education program in Sierra Leone, we need to fund teacher salaries so that our teachers will return to the classroom for the next term which begins January 2017. Principal Amara said, “Before Ebola, our major Christian high school had reached the highest standard and we were receiving school supplies and support for some of our teachers. Now, however, many of our teachers are frustrated with how the government has handled the post-Ebola education recovery effort. Many of the supplies promised to schools arrived late or not at all, and the subsidies that are given to public primary schools haven’t been enough to pay teachers’ salaries. The school had to take out a loan to cover outstanding debts. We are losing teachers because they can’t feed their families!”
Act Now! - Help a Teacher
There is a great need now for sponsors for Christian teachers. This can be addressed with a monthly gift of just $40 a month or a one-time annual donation of $480. If just 150 people will make this pledge, we will reach our goal for the coming year. Each of these teachers is pivotal for reaching this generation of children. This is their only hope to get an education and learn about a loving Savior. Even non-Christians in these communities understand their children need to succeed in passing the national education exams for this next semester. This is an unparalleled opportunity to share the gospel with so many!
Maybe your church, Bible study, or family would like to take up this challenge to help Principal Amara, and all the teachers grow this network of Christian centers in these communities.
“We have teachers who come every day and I don’t know how they are surviving. They must be scavenging the fields for just enough food each day because there are NO RESOURCES. They keep coming back day after day for just the slim HOPE that someone will come to help.”
During this Thanksgiving season, let us be thankful for our many blessings and mercies we receive each day. - That our children and grandchildren do not face the same types of challenges to receive an education.
Whether distributing food, digging water wells, operating a medical clinic, planting a church or building a Christian school, our purpose is always the same - PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!
This is a significant program - we serve an all-powerful God. When we surrender to His will it is amazing what can be accomplished. You are invited to CATCH THE VISION!
Please pray with us that we do not lose any of these teachers for the lack of $40 a month.
Your brother in Christ,
Brian M. Albrecht
GLOBAL OUTREACH MISSION, INC.