Container arrives at School in Guinea

Africa, Education, Guinea, News, Poor
Jubilee International School On several occasions I have reported on the church and school in Guinea, West Africa. When I last visited to review the progress with the school it was clear that they significantly lacked resources of curricular, laboratory equipment, furniture etc.  So, in recent months I have, with others, been collecting a container-load of school equipment to send to the school. Many people and schools made generous donations in money and finance which has been such a blessing. Thank you! I am delighted to say the container arrived at the school last week and I thought you would like to see some of the joy it has produced. Nicolas Thebault reports that ‘everybody was dancing Monday night in the street when it was opened for the 1st time…
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Church and Education in Nigeria

Cross-culture, Education, News, Nigeria
When Sam Amara, a lecturer in Hebrew and Greek languages in the Pentecostal International Bible Seminary in Nigeria, met Simon Pettit from Jubilee Church, Cape town in 1997 he gained a new understanding of the doctrine and practice of grace. As a result he planted a church, Riches of Grace, in Lagos. Recently I had the joy of hosting him in my home having last visited him in 2010. I was greatly encouraged to learn of the progress made in both the church and the school which he and his wife started, now numbering 70 children from 3-15. This interview will allow you to be as envisioned and informed as I have become over these days including some insights on some of the challenges faced by the church in that…
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Your help is needed for Child Sponsorship

Education, Guinea, News, Poor
An appeal This is unashamedly an appeal for the school children in Guinea. Much has appeared in the press recently about Guinea due to the ebola crisis. I arrived on my most recent visit in April as the outbreak was occurring. Until this devastating news broke most people would not have heard of Guinea or have been able to locate it on a map. Guinea is a desperately poor nation in West Africa with over 60% of the adult population being illiterate. The Newfrontiers church in the capital, Conakry, is trying to help change this through the Jubilee International School. Jubilee International School JIS started in 2006. Since then it has grown to over 300 children ranging in age from 3-26 years. Yes, I really do mean 26! Due to…
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Teaching opportunity in South Africa

Education, News, Poor, South Africa
Last year I published two reports about the excellent Dihlabeng School on the South Africa/Lesotho border. I have now just received a request to publicise an opportunity for a teacher to join this school. If you have opportunity to publicise this in your church I should be grateful if you would do so. Are you a qualified teacher? Do you have a call on your life to serve the poor and bring hope to the hopeless? If so, here is an opportunity to be a part of the exciting things God is doing through the church in Africa. Dihlabeng Christian School in Clarens, South Africa, needs qualified Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers to start January 2015. The posts are suitable for qualified Christian teachers, either male or female -…
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Education in Ghana – New Nation School

Education, Equipping, Ghana, News, Poor
Recently I had the joy of visiting my old friends John and Alex Kpikpi in Ghana. John brings apostolic oversight to Newfrontiers churches in seven nations in West Africa, most of which he has planted. As well as giving some training in various administration matters to the church and school staffs, and some one-to-one mentoring, I offered to make a new video of their school to replace the one I made in 2008. New Nation School was founded over ten years ago and now numbers over 500 students from 3-18 years. The children are trained in an atmosphere of unconditional love and reach high standards. In the recent International GCSE exams they attained an amazing 99% pass rate including the top mark in the whole of Ghana for mathematics. In…
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Good Practice in Education – pt 2

Education, Equipping, Good Practice, Poor, South Africa
In part 1 of this report about the multi-cultural Dihlabeng School, situated near the border between South Africa and Lesotho, Margaret Grant, the Founder, Visionary and Principle, shared about the History and Vision. Now she shows how effective the school is at fulfilling this vision, how she has obtained funding and some of the lessons learned from her experiences. This report, taken from my book ‘The Poor deserve the Best' (see side panel), is one of thirteen I included with the intention of being a practical help to others who may be considering starting similar ministries. What is the fruit of the ministry? The school has been in existence for ten years and so there have been a fair number of learners who have passed through the school and gone…
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