SPH International is the school for which I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade English and ESL this year. The more that I hear about the way that God is working here and the incredible mission of the school, the more excited I am to be a part of it!
Today we had a meeting about the basic history of the school, and learning more about it was absolutely fascinating. I’ll give you the short version.
Basically, Indonesia was ruled by a dictator in 1993. In an effort to inflate the scores of the government schools, he ruled that no Indonesian students could attend international schools (hoping that the influx of good students would make his schools appear better). Instead, well-to-do Indonesian families started to leave the country, transporting their lives to a place where their children could receive a better education.
Two Christian businessmen were bothered by this, knowing that the country would lose much of its academic and economic capital, and that the future of the country would suffer from the loss of these students. They started talking about creating a strong school that fit the government standards, and SPH International was opened only 8 months later.
The school has grown to be one of the most respected in the country, attracting families that want an excellent education for their children. The school, however, is completely based around God and uses a openly Christian curriculum. This gives us a huge missions field in a country that is only 6% Christian.
The part of this program that is especially exciting to me is the emphasis on building into the community. The Lippo Group (the group that started the school) has since started two more strings of schools, the Dian schools and Lampara schools. The Dion schools are catered to students hoping to attend Indonesian universities, and the Lampara Institutions are directed toward more impoverished areas.
The group now has 78 schools around the country, and a University in Jakarta. The University just graduated the first group of 4-year educated, Christian teachers in the history of the country! These teachers are now going back into the Dian and Lampara schools to better the future of their country and spread the word of God. What a neat mission to be a part of!
Here are a few pictures of the school – it’s absolutely beautiful!
This is my classroom:
The basketball and tennis courts – there is an olympic-sized pool just off to the left:
One of the walkways – I’m really enjoying the lack of winter here! 🙂
Please pray for us in our ministry here and that God would ready the hearts of our students! We’ve been working and attending meetings for the last week; our students will come next Tuesday.
Terrima Kasih! Thank you!