Calvary Christian School students and staff feel privileged to come to a beautiful school and receive a great education each day. They also recognize, however, that not all children around the world have the same opportunity. Therefore, for the 2015-2016 school year, Calvary students and staff have rallied together to do something about the lack of education and resources in other parts of the world. As a school wide effort, CCS has adopted 14 children from Africa through the Kingdom Investment International program.
In each homeroom class, a framed photograph displays the specific student the class is supporting. Homeroom teachers have shared information about the children with their classes, including their age, home country, family situations, and favorite hobbies. The sponsored children have been placed according to their ages so that Calvary students can connect and benefit someone close to their own age. The sponsored children range in age from 4-12. The K4 preschool class is even able to support a little boy of 4 years!
It costs $43 each month to provide one sponsored child with food, education, and other necessities through Kingdom Investment. Once divided among the classes, each student contributes by donating around $2.50 each month. Calvary parents are encouraged by the teachers and school administrator, Mr. Paul Green, to have their children work to earn the money, or to make some sacrifice as a family as opposed to just giving the child the sponsorship money. Calvary sees this as a huge opportunity to teach kids of the poverty that many people, including children their age, are faced with on a daily basis. Students might realize through this effort that they are incredibly blessed to have such provisions and education each day.
Calvary students will also be given opportunities to write letters back and forth with their sponsored child. Students look forward to connecting with their sponsored children beyond just sending the money each month. This provides additional opportunities for students to learn more about other cultures and regions of the world.
The ultimate goal in taking on this sponsorship project is to help those in need and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, upon which Calvary Christian is founded. Calvary desires to live out God’s statement in James 1:27 which says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Calvary’s sponsorship initiative for this school year is an effort to provide for orphans in their affliction in hopes that people will see and hear the good news about Jesus.
Submitted by Rebekah Dodson on behalf of Calvary Christian School.