GEM English Medium School on GEM INDIA
Campus is located between the cities of Leelanagar and Nuzvid.
GEM INDIA addressed the great need to start an English medium
school as there is no school for the radius of 10 kilometers. It
took a lot of time, effort, perseverance, and financial expense
to get the permission from India’s Educational Department. We
are currently permitted to have classes from Kindergarten to
Grade Seven. Our school officially opened on June 10, 2013.
We have admitted over 80 children which is a miraculous response in this remote area. When we have our own school bus for transportation, we will have the ability to bring more children to our school. We are hiring a temporary driver, but he can only accommodate up to twelve children at a time. We are also paying too much for the driver’s services, but we have no choice at this time.
Based on the government’s requirements, we needed to hire 10 qualified teachers. Thankfully, all of the teachers are Christians. Many Hindu families have sent their children to our school since they know our standards and commitment to their children will be superior to the public schools. In addition, we have two campus supervisors to be aware of the children while they are at recess; to escort the children, during class time, to the restrooms; and help in other ways.
We did absolutely no media advertising for the school, but news of the school spread quickly by word of mouth. We are delighted to have our 12 male orphans and 8 female orphans to be attending our school. The adjacent village is sending all of their children to our school. Most private schools start with 10 to 15 students in the first year. God has shown His endorsement of the school by allowing us to open the school and to have over 80 enrolled students.
During this first year, there are minimal admission fees and monthly tuition fees for all of the community students. In this manner, we will draw the parents into an ongoing commitment to send their children to our school. It is a most wonderful evangelical outreach to the community! There is opportunity to have daily chapel since it is a private school. We are excitedly anticipating how God will draw these children and their families into His spiritual family!
Needs and challenges:
Ministry opportunities are bursting forth faster than we can
personally and financially address them! Thank you for your
ongoing prayerful and financial support. May God continue to
bless you even as you are a blessing to GEM.
Bernie Wold, President of GEM USA