Types of Work

Education

Building a Foundation for Faith

Education is a core component of gospel ministry because it is one way we seek to obey Christ’s command to love God with our minds.

Through Serge educational initiatives, students grow in wisdom and understanding of the Word while gaining essential academic and vocational training. Equipped in this way, men and women can help build their communities and effectively share the gospel with their neighbors.

Serge educations engage with community education at all levels, from training teachers to teaching elementary, high school/secondary, college/university, and seminary grade levels.

Serge educators teach the following subjects:

  • Medicine
  • Theology
  • Community development
  • English as a Second Language
  • Vocational skills

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How Serge Approaches Education

Education as Partnership

When beginning work in a new region, Serge missionaries do not enter as experts who insist on imposing solutions. Rather, in partnership with local leaders and institutions, we teach useful skills that enable local community members to become faithful servants in their own contexts. Within such a partnership, education becomes a key source of self-sufficiency and sustainability.

Empowerment through Education 

Education leads to empowerment and a new sense of possibility. It has the potential to change a community by giving individuals the skills and knowledge needed to change their lives. When people become more educated, they can develop creative solutions to their own problems and become less reliant on outside assistance.

Teaching with Grace

Whether in medical training or when teaching English, we emphasize the gospel of grace. While this is made explicit in our evangelism, it also emerges in classrooms in a variety of ways. Thus, while we teach our students the academic skills they need to thrive, we also teach them about the unconditional love of Christ. With this love in their hearts, education becomes a life-giving tool our students use to serve others.

Beyond the Books

Education is not just about academics; it is training for life. When students become more educated, they learn to take responsibility, serve others, and give generously. They become leaders in their own homes and in their local community, serving and inspiring their neighbors and peers.

How the Work Gets Done

We Work in Teams

Serge prioritizes sending workers as teams. Teams provide workers with a meaningful social life, shared prayer and worship, and the strength of working cross-culturally together. Whether members of a team are focused on a single project or engaged in multiple initiatives, we seek to create teams with a shared vision so that everyone’s work is strengthened by others’ gifts and efforts.

Partnering with the Local Community

Our Serge teams partner with local schools and universities to fill important roles. This type of partnership allows us to support a program until it can become appropriately staffed. In this arrangement, members of the local community continue to make important decisions about the program and its direction.

Providing Safety and Protection

Our students do not always have a safe home life or community environment. When this is the case, school is even more important. The classroom becomes a safe space for these students, and education becomes a tool they can use to achieve a more stable life. When they’re exposed to the gospel in this setting, they see a tangible illustration of God’s grace.

Transitioning Education

Our goal is to help the communities we serve to achieve self-sufficiency. Therefore, it is a priority to find ways, over time, to transition the responsibility for education back to the community. This model trains and prepares local teachers and leaders to take care of their school, solve problems as they arise, and lead in a Christ-like manner.

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