One of ECA’s strengths is the ability of our instructors to bring the truth of Christ alive in the classroom through Biblical integration. Perhaps the best way to illustrate this commitment is through a true story.
Each week a chapel service is held at ECA. During one of these chapel talks, Mrs. Robin Gorab, Director of Children’s Ministries at Village Seven Presbyterian Church, gave a devotion entitled, “Blessed to Be a Blessing”. She encouraged the students to realize how much had been given to them as a blessing from Jesus and how they could be a blessing to others, too. She went on to describe an underprivileged portion of the world commonly referred to as the 10/40 window (shown in red on the map above). At the end of the presentation children were asked to take home a shoe box to fill with goodies and supplies that could be delivered to someone needy in conjunction with “Operation Christmas Child.” The message was taken seriously by the students.
Mr. Dale Hart, a Second Grade Teacher at ECA, chose to dovetail the chapel talk into other subjects he taught that day. After he reviewed the theme of the lesson, he creatively wove that theme into geography, math and economics for his students.
The children were anxious to participate in learning about how they could bless others by giving.
Mr. Hart used his Active Board (a recent blessing received by ECA) to help the students draw pie-charts to reflect that 2/3rds of the world’s population lives in this relatively small part of the world. They also got the idea that their shoe-box gifts could really be beneficial in this region that only receives about 1/50th of the world’s food and money.