Grow in Wisdom
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 educators serve in two primary ways: Teaching in indigenous schools and communities; Teaching “missionary kids” where local educational resources are lacking.
How Serge Views Education
Education as Partnership: When beginning work in a new region, Serge staff 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.
“Missionary Kid” Teachers: In some of the areas we serve, educational resources are scarce. When missionaries do not have education options for their children, they are often forced to leave the field. To support our missionaries, Serge fields teachers to provide high-quality education for “missionary kids.” This allows missionaries to remain on the field, spreading the Gospel and demonstrating God’s love through tangible acts of service.
Teaching with Grace: Whether in medical training or when teaching English, we emphasize on 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.
Serge staff teach the following grade levels:
- High School/Secondary
Serge staff teach a variety of subject areas including:
- Community development
- English as a Second Language
- Vocational skills
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.