Going to school

19 Nov

Sunset from the roof

One of our major concerns has been schooling for the kids and it’s now time to think about enrollment for March. There are many options in Arequipa: at least four Christian schools of different flavors (charismatic, international, and a couple mission-oriented schools in poorer areas), three large and expensive private schools (American, German, and British), and a host of smaller private schools.

When we first looked at our apartment, we noted that there was a private school at the end of our street and wondered if it was any good. In particular, we noted that the school logo features an open Bible and a dove, but no cross or virgin or typically Catholic symbols. Today we met with the principal, who speaks good English. He described himself as a Catholic but not a “deep Catholic” and doesn’t believe in the Virgin and the saints. They start each day with 10 minutes of Bible reading and prayer and there are other evangelical families. Their health program for the older students emphasizes waiting for marriage. The science classes teach both Creation and evolution (as required by Peruvian law) but students are not required to hold a particular viewpoint. The principal strongly believes in good manners and it showed during our visit. The classrooms seemed well-ordered and the few students we met were indeed respectful. He encouraged us to bring the kids for a visit, so we went this afternoon. As it turns out, there are students in both Daniel’s and Anna’s classes who lived in Boston for a year and speak English. Like most students in the school, they live in our immediate neighborhood, which would make it much easier to develop friendships at school, even over the summer. The school offers a lot of interesting hands-on programs like home ec and electronics. Our kids would be the only non-Peruvians, but the principal said the other kids would probably all want to get to know them as they generally like Americans and want to practice English, etc. Sure enough, when one of the kids spotted Timothy, he leaned out the door and started jumping and waving to get his attention. Timothy wants to start tomorrow. Daniel wants to spend as much time as possible practicing Spanish so he can say something intelligent when he starts in March. Anna is fearful of going to school but I believe the Lord will give the needed grace.

Our street at night

Our street at night

We are intrigued and pleasantly surprised to find a school so near which, although not explicitly evangelical, shares many of our values and appears to be genuinely tolerant of evangelical views, which is more than we could say for most schools in the States. Please pray for great wisdom as we evaluate schools. It is a challenge to find a school which is convenient, affordable, well-ordered, and at the right level for our kids. We also see the students and parents as a significant mission field and want to maximize our opportunities for ministry.

6 Responses to “Going to school”

  1. Rebecca November 20, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    I will pray…especially for Anna!

  2. Danielle November 20, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    Tell Anna that the Crotts family is praying for her!
    And those pictures are absolutely beautiful!!

  3. Judy Chandler November 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    Florida doesn’t have a monopoly on beautiful sunsets! “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” Ps. 19:1 Your beautiful sunsets just might be a great evangelical tool!

  4. salli November 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Beautiful pictures. Praying for the school decisions. Love you all!

  5. michael CHANDLER November 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Providence at work! You were chosing an appt a month ago. You didn’t know about the school or at least didn’t consider it then. Sounds like it might work!

    Love, Dad

    • Michael November 22, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      Wow! Nice picture dad!

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