In my life I’ve learned that teaching is a tool, but in the end, it’s all about Jesus and the gift of salvation.
When my husband and I began to teach at our school in Lincoln City, I quickly realized that while this is a Christian school, many of my students (86% of whom are not members of the Adventist church) didn’t really know the Bible stories or have a personal relationship with Jesus. I started reading Uncle Arthur’s Bible stories to them in combination with our spirit-filled Bible Encounter curriculum, which offers many opportunities for a personal commitment to God and relationship with him.
I could tell that the students were beginning to know Jesus when we started making PBJ sandwiches and sharing (Jesus loves you) notes with the homeless. I could see the students were beginning to think beyond themselves and becoming more interested in serving others in our community.
Last Spring we engaged in a wonderful Economics Project-Based Learning unit, which culminated in an Education Open House and Market Day. Students sold their homemade items/services, made posters, calculated costs, and earned classroom bucks to spend at the market. It was a wonderful learning opportunity and all the students loved it and wanted to repeat it.
Fast forward to this Spring when we were looking for a way to share with the community through beach or park cleanup, or some other kind of outreach.
I was pleasantly surprised when my students chose to do another Market Day, but this time, instead of earning "classroom bucks," they wanted to make real money and have our “overflow” go to purchase food and clothes for the Adventist Community Service Center.
That Market Day is scheduled for March 18. Until then all of our students are busily creating goods/services to sell. I can’t wait to experience this project with them, as they serve and share with others through Project Based Learning
Please continue to pray for all of our schools that the children may come to know that it’s all about Jesus.