the everyday miracle

vineyard christian school could easily be considered an everyday miracle. in 2010 it was a prayer, in 2014 it was a vision, and in 2015 it was a reality. we couldn’t be more excited about what tomorrow holds. we are also confident that god has begun this good work and we trust that he will complete it. he alone will receive the honor and glory.

the everyday miracle

Vineyard Christian School could easily be considered an everyday miracle. In 2010 it was a prayer, in 2014 it was a vision, and in 2015 it was a reality. We could not be more excited about what tomorrow holds. We are also confident that God has begun this good work and we trust that he will complete it. He alone will receive the honor and glory.

the prayer

A local pastor is the man behind the prayer. After finishing Bible school, he felt a burden to reach out to the Pygmy Community in Bugesera, Rwanda, just outside the capital city. This people group known as Twa, had been rejected by society and were considered uncivilized. They were living in extreme poverty and had very few resources. The Rwandan government at one point came into the village to build a few houses. Before this time, the people had been living in the grass. After relocating his family and moving into the village in 2010, he noticed that the children were “scattered.” They had no access to education, and their days were spent unattended. The pastor and two men from his congregation gathered the children and began teaching them. They began with 30 children and quickly grew to 80. Not long after, the men began to see a transformation in the children. A new hope was developing. That is when the prayer for the school began. That is when God began moving mountains and working miracles.

the vision

In August of 2014, Tanya and Scott visited Rwanda for a friend’s wedding. During that time, they visited Bugesera as well. They learned that the government had gifted this village with land for a school, but it came with a stipulation. Construction on the school had to begin within six months, or the land would be taken back. After returning home to the US, the Rushes prayed and felt led to do something. Not fully understanding what that would entail, they had a yard sale to raise funds for the school. The original plan was to raise enough funds to begin the construction process, just so the land would not be taken away. After the yard sale, they had raised enough money for the entire building foundation and then some. They knew that this was only the beginning of their involvement. With each step taken, God has proven Himself faithful. They have watched God work in miraculous ways to provide for the people of this village and they believe that God has began this good work and He will see it through until it is completed.

the prayer

A local pastor is the man behind the prayer. After finishing Bible school, he felt a burden to reach out to the Pygmy Community in Bugesera, Rwanda, just outside the capital city. This people group known as Twa, had been rejected by society and were considered uncivilized. They were living in extreme poverty and had very few resources. The Rwandan government at one point came into the village to build a few houses. Before this time, the people had been living in the grass. After relocating his family and moving into the village in 2010, he noticed that the children were “scattered.” They had no access to education, and their days were spent unattended. The pastor and two men from his congregation gathered the children and began teaching them. They began with 30 children and quickly grew to 80. Not long after, the men began to see a transformation in the children. A new hope was developing. That is when the prayer for the school began. That is when God began moving mountains and working miracles.

the vision

In August of 2014, Tanya and Scott visited Rwanda for a friend’s wedding. During that time, they visited Bugesera as well. They learned that the government had gifted this village with land for a school, but it came with a stipulation. Construction on the school had to begin within six months, or the land would be taken back. After returning home to the US, the Rushes prayed and felt led to do something. Not fully understanding what that would entail, they had a yard sale to raise funds for the school. The original plan was to raise enough funds to begin the construction process, just so the land would not be taken away. After the yard sale, they had raised enough money for the entire building foundation and then some. They knew that this was only the beginning of their involvement. With each step taken, God has proven Himself faithful. They have watched God work in miraculous ways to provide for the people of this village and they believe that God has began this good work and He will see it through until it is completed.

the miracle

January 26, 2015 the school opened with unfinished classrooms and very few desks. At that point there were 105 students and 2 volunteer teachers. Within the first weeks, the need for more teachers was apparent. The pastor put up flyers and the interviews began. Parents and neighbor began knocking on the door to his home. They begged him to let their children go to Vineyard Christian School. Having compassion for them, he allowed the children to come and sit in the classroom. That way they could at least listen to the teachers and learn.

the miracle

January 26, 2015 the school opened with unfinished classrooms and very few desks. At that point there were 105 students and 2 volunteer teachers. Within the first weeks, the need for more teachers was apparent. The pastor put up flyers and the interviews began. Parents and neighbor began knocking on the door to his home. They begged him to let their children go to Vineyard Christian School. Having compassion for them, he allowed the children to come and sit in the classroom. That way they could at least listen to the teachers and learn.

sponsorship program

Faith in Christ is not just about knowing the truths of the gospel, but about living them as well. God clearly spoke through James when he said to care for the orphan and the widow. The reality is that Vineyard Christian School would not continue day to day without two things: the blessings of God and the people He calls to support our mission day in and day out. That’s right, He is using you to make His name known to this community in Bugesera, Rwanda. Through child sponsorship you can raise a community out of poverty and into a new future. Through child sponsorship you can change the world for a child that is continually blown away that someone that lives around the world loves them, cares for them, and wants them to succeed.

sponsorship program

Faith in Christ is not just about knowing the truths of the gospel, but about living them as well. God clearly spoke through James when he said to care for the orphan and the widow. The reality is that Vineyard Christian School would not continue day to day without two things: the blessings of God and the people He calls to support our mission day in and day out. That’s right, He is using you to make His name known to this community in Bugesera, Rwanda. Through child sponsorship you can raise a community out of poverty and into a new future. Through child sponsorship you can change the world for a child that is continually blown away that someone that lives around the world loves them, cares for them, and wants them to succeed.

highlights of the school

mineduc standards

we adhere and uphold the strict standards set by the rwandan ministry of education

scripture teaching

along with the standard curriculum, the kids are also taught the word of god

over 400 children

vineyard christian has over 400 children that attend our school everyday

paid local staff

the school supports a staff of 39 rwandans (13 teachers, 3 night guards, 4 cooks, 5 cleaners, 1 gardener, 4 administrative staff, 1 lawyer, 1 accountant, 7 sewers)

nursery to primary

we currently teach children in grades nursery 1 (prek-1) through primary 4 (4th grade)

feeding program

the kids eat three times a week at school through funds from the sewing program and through creative fundraisers

school highlights

mineduc standards

we adhere and uphold the strict standards set by the rwandan ministry of education

scripture teaching

along with the standard curriculum, the kids are also taught the word of god

over 400 children

vineyard christian has over 400 children that attend our school everyday

paid local staff

the school supports a staff of 38 rwandans (12 teachers, 3 night guards, 4 cooks, 5 cleaners, 1 gardener, 4 administrative staff, 1 lawyer, 1 accountant, 7 sewers)

nursery to primary

we currently teach children in grades nursery 1 (prek-1) through primary 4 (4th grade)

feeding program

the kids eat three times a week at school through funds from the sewing program and through creative fundraisers

sewing    program

a dual-benefit initiative that serves both the caregivers of the community by providing jobs and the children of the school by providing lunches.

sewing program

A dual-benefit initiative that serves both the caregivers of the community by providing jobs and the children of the school by providing lunches.

One of the biggest struggles for the Twa people of Bugesera, Rwanda, is a way of living that is quickly becoming non-existent and unnecessary. For the longest time they would make clay cooking pots to sell. This is becoming an outdated method of cooking and because of this, the caregivers in this community have a hard time making ends meet. The sewing program gives the sewers an avenue of income to allow them the ability to provide for their families. Doing so creates capacity for their family, but it will also have a secondary benefit. Through the sewing program part of the profit goes to salary while the other part of the profit goes to a feeding program for the kids at the school.

In Rwanda, it’s very common for kids not to eat lunch at school. This partially government enforced in order that children with less capacity will not feel left out when other children eat in front of them. But since all the kids that attend VCS are part of our program, we can provide meals for everyone. The sad reality is that this might be the only meal the kids get in a day, so we find this an incredible opportunity to be a discernible blessing to them.

Store coming soon.

One of the biggest struggles for the Twa people of Bugesera, Rwanda, is a way of living that is quickly becoming non-existent and unnecessary. For the longest time they would make clay cooking pots to sell. This is becoming an outdated method of cooking and because of this, the caregivers in this community have a hard time making ends meet. The sewing program gives the sewers an avenue of income to allow them the ability to provide for their families. Doing so creates capacity for their family, but it will also have a secondary benefit. Through the sewing program part of the profit goes to salary while the other part of the profit goes to a feeding program for the kids at the school.

In Rwanda, it’s very common for kids not to eat lunch at school. This partially government enforced in order that children with less capacity will not feel left out when other children eat in front of them. But since all the kids that attend VCS are part of our program, we can provide meals for everyone. The sad reality is that this might be the only meal the kids get in a day, so we find this an incredible opportunity to be a discernible blessing to them.

Store coming soon.