The Project was started in El Salvador in 2017. While we work with the central ministry of education for the initial permission, we are starting in the city of San Salvador with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. This is a country in need of God as the organized crime is very high and the third-grade kids are often the drug dealers in the schools. Our goal is to at least double next year as these same schools continue with the other grades and another state joins the Project. These numbers show the amount of students reached in 2018.
In the Francisco Gamboa school the students are the children of the market workers and prostitutes. They used to come to school with very bad attitudes and behavior, violence, and vulgar vocabulary. Though they knew about values, they didn’t live them. When they started studying their Vital Values with Jesus books, they started changing. The 4 most violent and obscene kids were impacted the most and changed most radically. The students are now sharing the word of God with their parents at home and the principal says that he knows it will slowly get through to them as a drop of water wares down a rock.
Currently there are 6 project workers in Tegucigalpa, it’s surrounding rural areas, and in San Pedro Sula. Currently we are working with the ministry of Education, requesting for their approval to print Vital Values with Jesus for 100% of the student population. This has been a long process as the minister of education and people that work in the office keep changing every year. An amazing miracle of this year is the implementation of a values class which gives the teachers time to use Vital Values with Jesus better. There are still 11 states to be reached in Honduras before 100% of the country is covered, though the majority of the population is in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.
There are 9 Project workers present in all of the country. In 2017 we received our first approval from the ministry of education to donate 116,000 student books to the public schools, in 2018 the ministry of education approved the donation of 226,000 student booklets in the public schools, reaching 30% of the students in public schools nationally. God has done so many miracles for this country so that these precious little children may learn of Him. There are almost 700,000 students in all of Nicaragua and the goal is to continue to increase the yearly donation until 100% of these jewels know of Jesus.
Based in San Jose, 3 teams promote and distribute the material to all areas of the country. Our focus is to slowly pass more responsibility on to the ministry of education supervisors in each district for the distribution and follow-up, thus enabling the teams to distribute more. In 2018, 30% of the elementary students studied the life of Christ in their classes through the use of Vital Values with Jesus.
There are currently 6 workers based in Chiriquí, Veraguas, Herrera, Los Santos, Cocle, Chorrera, and Panama City. The doors are wide open with the education authorities. The schools receive the material very well, but with much opportunity comes much opposition spiritually and it has been a challenge for the teachers to use the material well. While geographically in 2018 we are working in only half of the country, that still represents the most populated areas. We believe that God will allow his word to reach the students in rest of this country in the near future.
One second grade boy was very violent. His parents abandoned him with his grandma and his dad only returned every once in a while, to beat him up. When the class studied the value on LOVE, the students suddenly stopped what they were doing and all went and hugged the little boy, telling him that they loved him. He cried, impacted by God’s love for the first time. After that, he was changed. He became happy, peaceful, and participated in class. That’s what God’s love does.
Our first team moved to Colombia from Dominican Republic in April of 2018, and are located in Tunja, Boyacá. They are covering the first distribution of 17,686 books on donation as a pilot plan, but Lord willing in 2019 we will be able expand to more municipalities in Colombia. This is a very large country and we feel the time is right as the need for peace and unity is very present.
There is 1 Catholic school district in Alberta, which yearly requests approx. 1400 books for their 7 schools. We are excited that the teachers are seeing positive results in their class rooms and Jesus’ message is strengthened with the Vital Values books.
The Ministry of Education in this country has created their own Christian Education material, which is very well done. As we do not want to double up on something while in other countries the need is so great, our team in Dominican Republic temporarily left in April 2018. They distributed 12,000 student books in 2017 which will be used until the end of the school year in June 2018. We pray that God will give us wisdom to know when the time is right to continue in Dominican Republic.
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