Down the hallways, inside the classrooms and across the play yard ring out the voices of 200 students, 28 teachers and 7 administrators. Their message: big things grow from tiny beginnings when God is behind the plan.
Just seven years ago, Andean Aid founded Colego Juan Christiansen, a Christian school in Rubio, Venezuela with the goal of giving local children an excellent education regardless of their means. It began with one teacher and five pre-school students meeting in a small room in a radio station.
The one thing we knew was it would be named in honor of Christiansen Academy that served the children of missionaries in Rubio for 49 years – the place Susan and I once worked and began the journey that led to the founding of Andean Aid.
And so began the arduous four-year process we were told it would take to obtain the required documents to operate a school in Venezuela. But God had other plans.
Enter Tomas Manrique, Director of the Ministry of Education for the state of Tachira, Venezuela. Tomas loved the idea of our school and expedited our application. We received official permission to launch the school in just four months!
Today, Colegio Juan Christiansen is regarded as the best Christian school in the state. It provides scholarships to 60 children with economic and other hardships, many of whom attend our Help & Hope Centers. We’ve achieved our goal to add a grade level each year since the school started.
But the miracle of God’s work continues with recent news that Rubio’s mayor, Yobel Sandoval, has given us a beautiful parcel of land on the edge of Rubio for the construction of a new school! We ask that you join us in prayer for God’s financial blessing for our first phase of construction, and consider supporting the work.
God continues to watch over the children living in poverty with the richness of His grace and the protection of His hand. May we, too, be the hand of God for the children we serve in Rubio and beyond.