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 from every corner 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 “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.
During this pandemic time, many parents became much more aware of how their children are being educated. Many realized how much influence schooling has on their children, and they have been requesting materials to help educate them for the honor and glory of God. The General Conference Education Department is in the process of creating an entire kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum with this very aim as its focus. Partnering with our educators and with the various unions and field conferences, the work of preparing this curriculum is well underway.
The project requires time, resources, and personnel. Those involved must be qualified in education and in the field of study for which they are preparing their textbooks and workbooks. Your support makes it possible for us to prepare materials of the highest quality so that the students using them in our schools and home schools will be “qualified for usefulness in this life and for the service of God throughout eternity.”—Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 495.
This project is larger than the sums we have available. We need your generous contributions to do three things: Prepare the materials, translate the materials, and make them available and affordable in places of poverty where access to this material is beyond their financial abilities. Yes, the project is large, but it is well worth it. With your generous support 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.
General Conference Education Department