More than 50 teachers and staff members attended the seminar in Nepal.
“From Better to Betterment”—this was the theme for a seminar focusing on how to continue improving the English medium schools in Nepal, along with the personal lives of the teachers and staff. Eight schools and 51 people participated in the seminar.
English medium schools are Christian schools located in regions where there are no other schools for children to attend. Children in traditional Gospel for Asia Bridge of Hope centers attend classes at a local school, then come to the Bridge of Hope center for additional tutoring and other services. English medium schools are located in areas where no other schools exist, so the students receive their core academics and enrichment there.
The teachers and staff members who attended the seminar went in hopes of learning new skills to help them in the classroom, while also finding spiritual enrichment.
Pastors pray over the teachers.
Teachers went to nine different sessions covering various topics that included administrative principles, the ministry of the Church in Nepal, child psychology, effective ways of teaching and personal development.
Deepak Gurung, the leader of Bridge of Hope in Nepal, taught all the lessons. There were also practical sessions where the teachers learned how to do crafts, sing songs and play new games.
The first day of the three-day seminar began at 1 p.m. The attendees learned new English songs and enjoyed a film in the evening. The second day began with a devotional time and ended with a cultural dance competition to discover the hidden talents of the teachers. Fasting and prayer for the various ministries of the Church was a large component of the third and final day of the seminar. All the regional, district and local pastors from the area participated in the day’s events. And finally, the participants shared Communion together, followed by a time of commitment to spiritual renewal.
“Teachers dedicated their lives to Jesus with tears, and all the pastors prayed for us,” reported one attendee.