First Sabbath Offering for the GC Education Department
Now, more than ever, there is a need to invest in the education of our children. Bombarded as they are by the things of this world, it is increasingly difficult to protect them from the wiles of the enemy. What was once limited in its accessibility is now literally attached to our children through the “smart” phones and other devices. How can we be fitted for the work of evangelism when our own children cannot be prepared for it?
“True education is missionary training. Every son and daughter of God is called to be a missionary; we are called to the service of God and our fellow men; and to fit us for this service should be the object of our education.”—The Ministry of Healing, p. 395.
For many years the church has hoped for an easily accessible curriculum for educating our children. Now the GC Council is making this a priority. By partnering with our educators and units worldwide, the work of preparing this curriculum is well underway.
The project is huge and your generous contributions can help with three things: To prepare the materials, translate the materials, and make them available to those in places of poverty.
A full kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum is needed. This requires time, resources, and well-qualified personnel to prepare the textbooks and workbooks. Your support makes it possible for us to prepare materials of the highest quality so that the students using them will be “qualified for usefulness in this life and for the service of God throughout eternity.”—Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 495.
The materials are being prepared for ease in translation to be readily adapted throughout the worldwide church. Your support enables us to prepare materials for use in both home and church schools.
In some places, access to this material is beyond the financial abilities of many. Your support will allow us to provide these materials in impoverished places and to disenfranchised communities at a price-point they can afford. We understand this project is extensive, but it is well worth it. With your generosity we will produce materials from math to language to social sciences that will prepare the youngest among us to give the gospel message in all the world.
Thank you in advance, and may God bless the gifts and givers.
General Conference Education Department