We have started a bilingual, Christian school near the town of Ramón Santana. Over 100 sugarcane villages are found in the surrounding area. Our school serves families of Ramón Santana and the nearby bateyes.
We have 410 students enrolled in eight levels for the 2019-2020 school year. Each year, another grade will be added. The final goal is to grow the school to 1,800 students. A student who attends Freedom from pre-school to high school graduation will have 18,000 hours of contact time with teachers and staff who love the Lord.
Our camp ministry specifically targets the students in our school. The goal for camp is the same as in the classroom: long-term discipleship. We want to create opportunities for students to get outside of their normal routine - to be a part of an environment that lends itself to thinking deeply about life and daily decisions. Right now, students experience two camps a year, one weekend camp and one week-long camp. Short-term team members may eventually play a vital role as camp "counselors" and group leaders. As this program continues to grow, our older students could be involved in creating fun camp experiences for younger students as well.
We are invested in sharing the Word of God with the children in the bateyes. We teach through the Bible in weekly increments, rotating through the various villages we work in. Through our VBS programs and teachings, we desire to see children come to Christ. Our goal is then to help develop them in their faith. As the Freedom team grows, we hope to expand this ministry to surrounding bateyes so that we can reach more kids.