Monthly Mission Focus – Operation Classroom
For 30 years, Operation Classroom Inc. (OCI) has partnered with the United Methodist Churches of Liberia and Sierra Leone to improve Secondary Education. OCI has provided thousands of scholarships (allowing students who would otherwise be unable to attend school to get an education). Nearly 100 containers of school and medical supplies have been shipped to these two countries, and Volunteer in Mission Teams have been sponsored that have provided the opportunity for hundreds and hundreds of Hoosiers (and folks from other states as well) to have “hands-on” experience in mission.
St. Mark’s is raising funds for Operation Classroom. Our funds will help the Taiama Enterprise Academy (TEA) vision become a reality. The TEA is a comprehensive 5 year program designed to equip young men and women with the knowledge base, the skills, and the understandings needed to provide for themselves, their families, and their communities. In a country where 50% of students graduating from high school and college can’t find work of any sort, the idea behind the “Enterprise Academy” is to equip graduates to “go out and do it themselves” and not wait on a dysfunctional system to do it for them. The campus is undergoing renovations, the facilities are being equipped, faculty recruitment plans are being formulated, and the screening program to find 50 motivated work/study grant recipients is in the process for the start of school in September 2019. This is a very exciting time for Operation Classroom!
You can support the work of Operation Classroom by making a financial donation using the mission offering envelope on Sunday mornings or online. Your support for Operation Classroom makes a huge difference in the lives of the students, their families and the communities in which they live.
More information may be found on the UMC website.
Please contact Stephanie Cohen if you would like to know more.
Sierra Leone Mission Trip
This is the experience of a lifetime! The team will be working at the Taiama campus in the mornings doing hands-on renovation work, and will engage in a range of cultural and community activities. Plus the team will make visits to churches, schools and hospitals. There will also be time spent in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone before and after the time at Taiama.
For more information or to sign up please contact Bob Coolman, OC VIM/TEA Coordinator call or 219-405-5821.