This Giving Tuesday, TeachBeyond is seeking 100+ financial partners to stand with us in supporting Holy Spirit empowered transformational education. Your gift will support critical operations that sustain and expand TeachBeyond’s worldwide mission. Here are some examples of our projects around the globe where we’re seeing God working through transformational education:

From a teacher in Europe:

On our school’s community-outreach day, students cleaned churches, dusted libraries, baked cookies for the elderly, picked up debris from the local hiking trails, built picnic benches for the park, worked in the public gardens, and cleaned the school. I led a team of five high school girls cleaning street signs. Though it was cold and rainy, my team smiled and eagerly sought to share the love of Christ through service.

Transformational education is relationship-driven and community-focused, sometimes involving sore muscles and dirty hands—a growing of the whole person.

A dorm RA says:

At the end of each weekday I check on the girls in my dorm and say goodnight. I love these times because I get to hear how they really are and get to know them better. One of the girls, age 16, told me this is her 17th school. How difficult to have so much change during childhood and as a teenager! I want to stick around and be one person who stays in these girls’ lives rather than being yet another person saying “good-bye.”

Transformational education is being in it for the long haul, investing in lives one day at a time.

From a teacher in Europe:

We, who are safe, forget the risks some take to bring Christ to the nations. Some of my boarding students were recounting stories of how their parents are working in difficult and, in some cases, dangerous situations. They are facing political turmoil, the aftermath of natural disasters, and/or religious persecution against Christians. My students are brave, but they do worry, at times, about their parents’ safety. I pray with them for their parents; but I also pray for the children. Often.

Transformational education is bathed in prayer.

From a teacher in Asia:

My Bible class and I have been studying Romans. Charlie said, “Guys, can I just be honest here? I’m struggling. I am a senior. People look up to me (I don’t know WHY!), but I see my life doesn’t always match the things I say.” I appreciate that kind of honesty! And, with only three students in that class, we’ve been able to have much more in-depth discussion about living consistent, God-honoring lives.

Transformational education encourages honest assessment and vulnerability as we evaluate our lives and the consequences of our actions, guided by the Holy Spirit.

From a teacher in East Africa:

Seven-year-old Zoe simply blesses you with her presence. She entered grade 2 as a shy, some-what reserved, and very compliant child. Over the last several weeks, though, she has blossomed into someone who exudes a contagious joy. She grew up in an orphanage, but now is a foster child living with one of the staff families. Recently I was visiting her house and she showed me her room. A place to belong. Someone to belong to. Isn’t that what we all desire? Isn’t that what the Lord offers to us? He takes us from a life of uncertainty and gives us a future with hope. To me, Zoe’s story is all of our stories. Through her, I am learning what it means to be chosen, to be adopted into the family of God.

Transformational education goes both ways—with teachers learning from students, too.

From a teacher in Europe:

About 50% of the students in our school live in dorms. Every Thursday night, the dorm parents have the night off, so people like me volunteer: I’m subbing in one boys’ dorm and one girls’ dorm. While there, I eat dinner with all the students and RA’s, help with baking or cutting meat/veggies for the following day’s lunch, and hang out with the students. I look forward to Thursday nights when I can meet my students in an informal setting.

Transformational education? It helps to have a servant-heart in order to be a change-agent.

From a member care staff member in Europe:

Our Member Care leader has challenged our team to spend even more time in prayer with and for our members. We desire to connect on this deeper level so we can encourage and remind people of our Lord’s working in their lives. 

Transformational education is… caring for people’s needs – including the spiritual ones.

From a teacher in Europe:

Last week I led the Sophomore class to the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp in France. It was a moving experience for everyone. Some historical events, however, defy attempts at explanations by the history teacher. Even partial insights seem trite. You just tell the story, pray for those still affected, and listen to the silence of 54 usually noisy kids. In our shared shock I queried my students, “What keeps any of us from slipping into exercising the same bizarre brutality?” My theology says nothing – nothing but God’s grace. So our corporate prayer was and is for mercy and grace. With the good news of God’s work in Christ I find peace enough for the night.

Transformational education is…present in the moment, looking for how God is involved.

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