“Mothers always know best,” so goes the old cliche. There is a lot of truth in old cliches. This fresh perspective on schools that Edify serves in the Dominican Republic comes from someone who has visited ministries of all kinds in Rwanda, Ecuador and the US, and who spent many years as a teacher of English as a second language. She’s pretty close to fluent in Spanish. She is also my mom – most of the time she DOES know best!
If you’re thinking about spending time with us in the DR or Rwanda or Ghana, here’s a visitor’s first-hand account from Ginny Bryant:
We were surprised the first time we entered through a small private dwelling to find a rather orderly place of three tiny classrooms. Soranyi, the Directora of Dulce Inocencia, lived above her school with her young son and husband. Similar to all the directors we met, her reason for starting her school was very personal. As tears rolled down her cheeks in describing her decision to leave her more lucrative job of computer programming, she described the event that changed her. One evening on the news she watched as three young boys were beaten by their neighbors as the police stood by and did nothing. She wept as she described it to us… So did I!!! Her decision to start a Christian school began here as she knew it was in her power to teach the love of Christ to willing children. Eight years ago Soranyi started with only one student who was developmentally challenged and now enrolls 78 in pre-k through the 7 th grade. I was struck by the cheerful attitude of the children and more importantly the staff. When the children stood as we entered their rooms they recited different scripture verses that seemed to fit perfectly with their surroundings. “Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece”. It’s impossible on a human level to accomplish what these teachers are doing without Christ at work in their lives. I had no doubt that these dedicated educators felt a calling to their profession… A shared passion that motivated them even in such daunting circumstances.
I loved the staff here in the DR! Travis, Cristen and Rachel thought of everything… We always had plenty of water, competent drivers, yummy restaurant choices! Typical of kind Travis, as a parting gift he gave me a big fat avocado… I had swooned over them several times during our two days with him. Thanks to Edify, Esperanza, Aspire and Aprendi for all that you are doing to serve God’s beloved children and for hosting us in the DR!