Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Please Pray...

Last year around this time, we encountered some problems with the District of Education because our SI preschools were not following some of the regulations required by the government.  To make a long story short, the main rule that we were not following was using the national school calendar because due to the nature of Students International's ministry and having teams coming all summer, we have to have class during the summer.  So (again, long story short) we, in a meeting with the district, came to the agreement that if we only had children ages 3-4 at our schools (age 5 is when they are required to start school by the government) then we wouldn't have to be registered and under the jurisdiction of the District.  So, we changed our schools to only 3 and 4 year olds.  Problem solved.

Or so we thought.

A few weeks ago, the head of the district came out of the blue to our school and told us that if we didn't get the kids registered and start complying with the school calendar that she was going to close the schools.  We were so blindsided by her visit since we thought we had fixed everything last year.

We are hoping to have a meeting with the District head next week to try to come to some sort of agreement.  But we don't really know what the outcome of the meeting will be so we are forced to start exploring some other options with the chance that we may have to close the schools.

Please pray for this process as it is really shaking us all up a bit.   Please pray that the District head will find grace in her heart and see that what we are doing is a huge help to the community and that by closing the schools would hurt so many kids.  Pray also that, whatever the outcome of the meeting, we would be sensitive and open to God's leading about how we should proceed for the future.

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