The St. John Maximovitch Secondary School is the newest mission endeavor to be undertaken by Orthodox Africa. The priests of the Nairboi Board of Directors are not solely interested in seeing individual missions developed and encouraged to become self-sustaining, but to develop mission programs that will have a larger impact on the Diocese and country. How do they see this unfolding?
Orthodox primary schools for children from age 3 to 11 establish a foundation of learning for a child. The child learns to read, write and do arithmetic; as well as, learn self-discipline, how to manage their time, and to work hard towards a goal. They are given the opportunity to learn about the Orthodox Christian Faith, again, establishing a foundation on which they can stand as they encounter what the winds of life bring to them. St. Barnabas Orphanage and Education Center and St. Irene Mission Center provide this foundational education.
Continuing that nurturing, especially of their Orthodox Christian Faith is very important. As adolescents, children will encounter messages that are opposite to the Orthodox Faith, messages that seek to draw them away from the One True Church. Continuing to solidify the foundation on which they stand will give them a firm footing to resist that, which may try to pull them away. A secondary school will give the children ages 12 to 18 from St. Barnabas, St. Irene and other children, both Orthodox and non-Orthodox from all over the Diocese and area more educational knowledge to further encourage them in life.
The school will take as its patron, St. John (Maximovitch) the Wonderworker. During his lifetime, St. John knew struggle, pain and heartache. Through it though he was known as a man of prayer, one who united people, and loved children. As we seek to emulate him in the work that we do in establishing the St. John Maximovitch Secondary School, let us pray,
“Thy heart hath gone out to all who entreat thee with love, O holy hierarch John, and who remember the struggle of thy whole industrious life, and thy painless and easy repose, O faithful servant of the all-pure Directress.’ (Kontakion-Tone 4)
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