This is an architectural rendering of the secondary school that we hope to build, LORD willing, for our students in Tanzania. Currently, we work with a primary school that goes from preschool to 7th grade. When the kids graduate from 7th grade, they enter either local government schools or their families somehow pay for them to leave the area to attend private schools.
You see, the school we partner with is a Christian school where the word of God is taught utilizing CBSI Bible lessons, where children are fed nutritious porridge every day, and where the highest level of education is made available for this age level within the local area. When kids leave our nurturing, Christian environment they lose all of these things…most importantly they lose daily discipleship from their study of God’s word and we lose our long-term relationship with these precious kids.
This past January, we had another class of 7th grade children leave our partner school and enter either local government schools or attend schools that require the kids to leave their families and live far from home. For the children who will remain in the local area, for the first time, one of our local heroes is taking the responsibility to start a Saturday program for the children. This program will hopefully start this coming Saturday and will enable us to maintain our loving Christain relationship with kids who are coming largely from Muslim families. As we wait for God to provide a secondary school for our future graduating classes of 7th grade students, praise Him for our local heroes who are willing to take on extra work to continue this vital relationship, enabling the kids to continue in their study of God’s word, in educational tutoring, and at least receive a healthy meal once per week. (Many of our children come from very poor families and only eat when they attend our school.)
Pray with us as we continue to seek God in His ministry through us to serve this precious community in Tanzania. Our hope as in all VisionTrust programs around the world is to raise up the next generation of leaders in Christ Jesus!