Jesus said, “Go into all the world . . .” (Mark 16:15). When we read these words as Christian educators, we tend to think about our students “going” out into the world after high school. Have you ever asked what it might look like for middle school students to “go”?
For the past thirteen years, Zeeland Christian School in Zeeland, Michigan, and Grace Christian Community School in Pasay City, the Philippines, have had a relationship that has grown and blessed both communities. The friendship began when a Zeeland Christian teacher visited the Philippines with a Christian organization and spent time at the school. He came back with a passion to connect Zeeland Christian and Grace Christian in a purposeful way that would lead to a long-term, reciprocal relationship.
The connections between Zeeland Christian and Grace Christian have grown and matured over the past thirteen years, with a key connection being the student sponsor program. Currently, there are eighty-two students at Grace Christian whose tuition is paid for by classes or families from the Zeeland Christian community. Teachers are paired up as prayer partners and Zeeland Christian regularly sends supplies to Grace Christian. Teachers from the Philippines have traveled to the United States to spend time at Zeeland Christian School.