This year, CMDS and the Missions ministry of Christ United Methodist Church are partnering for a unique and exciting project. Together, we have the opportunity to help with funding to start the first functioning high school in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan. The students at this special school, The Renewal High School, come from the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, just a few miles north of the refugee camp.
The Memphis-based nonprofit, Operation Broken Silence, will bring a photography exhibit about life in the refugee camp and about fundraising for the new school. This exhibit will be on display September 24-30.
We look forward to preparing our students for this event. Mrs. Bryant will introduce the situation in Sudan during Bible class. Classroom teachers will share chosen Bible verses that will help open our students’ hearts as to why God likes for us to help others.
Encore teachers will also educate the students on Sudan using their specific subjects. For example, in Music class, they will sing Sudanese songs. In Engineering Lab, they will learn about the Sudanese brick making process. In Math Lab, students will calculate the amount of ingredients needed to make a certain amount of bricks. The Student Leadership Council will lead families through the photography exhibit.
Every CMDS student is bringing home a bookmark that highlights 40 days of Bible passages related to God’s heart for immigrants. Hopefully these verses will prompt prayers and thoughtful discussion about this project with your children. Also, Scovia Rushing, who was born in Sudan and now works for Operation Broken Silence, will speak in an upcoming Chapel service.
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