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.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”
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.
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.
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
we adhere and uphold the strict standards set by the rwandan ministry of education
along with the standard curriculum, the kids are also taught the word of god
nearly 600 children
vineyard christian has nearly 600 children that attend our school everyday
paid local staff
the school supports a staff of over 80 rwandans (teachers, night guards, cooks, cleaners, gardener, administrative staff, lawyer, accountant, and sewers)
nursery to primary
we currently teach children in grades nursery 1 (pre k-1) through primary 6 (6th grade)
the kids eat five days a week at school through funds from the child sponsorship and sewing programs
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.
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