Scholarships: Teaching the Next Generation

 

"Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Prov. 9:9-10).

Wherever the Gospel has been spread, it has been closely followed by an emphasis on education. Part of Christ's commission to you and me as disciples is to "make disciples of all nationsteaching them to observe all that I commanded you" (Matt. 28:19-20). God has revealed Himself to us through His Word, and throughout Scripture we are exhorted to "meditate" on the Word.

Here at AMG we want those we reach with the Gospel to be equipped for a lifetime of study and spiritual growth. Of course, such education is also tremendously important in terms of future employment, financial stability, and health. Each of our childcare ministries involves education in some way. Many childcare centers provide extensive tutoring services. Several even offer full-service schools.

The generous support of loving sponsors make it possible to provide these services, and give children a relationship and family connection above and beyond their financial blessings. In some countries, however, school fees are more than most families can afford, and AMG cannot stretch sponsorship dollars far enough to cover the cost of continuing the education of children under our care.

In Guatemala, education beyond sixth grade is neither required by law nor provided freely to citizens. Children are generally expected to begin work to help support their families rather than going on to high school. This short-term solution to meet their financial needs ends up crippling their long-term economic prospects, condemning generation after generation to poverty.

AMG's scholarship program provides a solution to this dilemma. By assisting families with school fees, we are breaking the cycle of poverty, allowing children to finish school and find productive employment. We want to see the children we serve raised up into a new generation of disciples of Jesus Christ who are equipped to provide for their families and powerfully impact their culture. The cost of these scholarships is small-just $10 per month for junior high school and just $40 per month for high school-but that investment can make a huge difference for a child that lasts a lifetime.

In Uganda, more and more AMG sponsored children are graduating from high school and are ready to take their places as future leaders with integrity and courage. For these students, the opportunity to pursue a university education can unlock their leadership talents, helping them prepare for careers and mature as Christian leaders. The AMG Uganda Scholarship Fund seeks to make the hopes of many young people a reality, helping provide tuition for those who desire to return to serve with AMG.

In Greece, the situation is somewhat different. Secular education is readily available, but high-quality Christian education is in very short supply. The Greek Bible College, operated by our partners with Greater Europe Mission, is the only accredited evangelical Bible College in the country. It is a critical resource for training the next generation of pastors and church leaders in a spiritually dry land. But, due to the current economic crisis in Greece, many who want to study at the Bible College cannot afford the tuition. For this reason, AMG is partnering with the Greek Bible College to invite supporters to "Adopt-A-Student" for $125 per month, so that lack of money does not prevent qualified students from studying the Word of God. This scholarship represents one-fifth of the cost of tuition.

This testimony from Sylvia, one of the first sponsored children through AMG Uganda to graduate from college, gives a small taste of what these programs are accomplishing for God's kingdom.

"I thank God for AMG because they have seen me through until I finished my high school. I thought that that was the end of my education because I knew very well the inability of my parents to sponsor me there but the Lord had the best plans for me. Today I stand firmly to say that I am a living testimony of AMG for their efforts were put to good use. I graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Child Development and children's ministry. I will forever be grateful for what AMG has done in my life."

Will you join AMG in support of the next generation of Gospel witnesses? The children and students we serve have already been given so much because faithful partners just like you have generously reached out to them as sponsors and supporters of our childcare ministries. With your help, we will be able to provide for their continuing education and equipping them as faithful leaders for their families, churches, communities and nations.

To learn more about AMG's scholarship programs around the world, and how you can partner with us, please visit www.amginternational.org or call 1-800-251-7206.

Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel (AMG) International is a non-denominational, international missions agency based in Chattanooga, Tenn. AMG's distinctive has always been its reliance on national workers to carry the Gospel in their own cultures. Today, they operate ministries in over 40 countries around the world through partnership with national believers.

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