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Educational Training

God works in surprising ways.

When Resonate Global Mission missionaries led the first Educational Care training in a refugee camp in Uganda, God worked in surprising ways. Four people decided to follow Christ.

Educational Care is a curriculum of Raise Up Global Ministries that Resonate missionaries use to instruct teachers and school administrators with best teaching practices from a Christian perspective.

When Bishop Henry learned about Educational Care, he knew that was what his community needed. His church had started a school in Baelameling, a camp for refugees from South Sudan, but the school and community had very few resources. The teachers were gifted at working with children, but many of them had not received training in education.

“They’re just doing the best they can with what they have,” said Resonate missionary Diana Boot. “This [training] had been a deep desire for us for a long time and we were overjoyed to be able to serve in this way.”

“It was an amazing group of teachers and child workers that really touched my heart. They were so committed to learning new skills,” added Barbara Nadunga, a Resonate missionary who facilitated Educational Care.

While the training equipped educators with best teaching practices, it also transformed some individuals’ lives. Educational Care is a Christian training program, but not everyone who participates in the program has an existing, personal relationship with Christ.

At the end of the week, a woman named Joyce approached Nadunga and shared that she wanted to give her life to Christ. She knew this decision would change her life, and she was ready for it. She also developed an action plan as a result of the training.

At the time, she was brewing and selling alcohol in her home to help supplement her income from teaching. She was tired of that lifestyle, especially when two men got drunk in her home, got into a fight and hurt one another. She wanted to be a good example for her students.

“She really wanted her home to be a place of peace, a place of fellowship,” said Nadunga.
Nadunga has been following up with Joyce and the other participants to encourage and coach them. Joyce has been thrilled to share that she stopped selling alcohol and has started growing and selling vegetables instead.

“She says this is the best decision she’s made in her entire life,” said Nadunga.

The transformation in educators’ lives is one of the reasons why Boot believes Educational Care is so powerful. She recently retired from the field, but she’s excited to see the ways God continues to work through the team.

“I think the reason that it has such value is that as the teachers change, they will have an impact on [the] children,” said Boot.

Bishop Henry said the training is helping their school reach their goal to disciple their children. He looks forward to Resonate’s team returning to continue the lessons with the educators.

“Through Educational Care, the teachers will be able to embrace the biblical worldview that is the backbone of our Christian schools,” he said.

This page is made possible through a partnership with CRC Ministries within Canada.

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  • Cassie is the Communications Specialist at Resonate Global Mission.

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