February 10, 2014
Halalisani Junior School
Greytown, South Africa
ccm Cross #0061
GPS/DMS 29.0549° S, 30.6085° E
Additional photos follow the testimony
3473 cdd Imagine This
Cyber Daily Devotion
Volume 15 Number 037
Today’s Author: Pastor Bill
Scripture: James 1:27a
“Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help” NCV
Imagine you walk into your child’s public school and slip into the back of the class room as an observer. You are standing against a wall and your child has no idea you are present. You receive a nod from the teacher that all is well.
The class is just beginning to assemble and the children are talking and restlessly moving books, papers, pens and pencils in order — a good description would be — chaos! The school bell rings and all the children stop whatever they are doing and look forward at the teacher. All is silent and you are amazed that the chaos you had just been witnessing turned into disciplined viewing.
The teacher announces ever so softly, “Children bow your heads and fold your hands.” Like a well-disciplined football team ready for a cadence call the children obey. The teacher begins, “Our Father who art in Heaven…” the children all join in until the prayer is faithfully completed… for thine is Kingdom and the power and the Glory now and forevermore, Amen.
If you are the parent observing this class in America you would have watched every child brake a public school law and the teacher is headed for a disciplinary nightmare.
But there is some good news here. These children are in a public school in South Africa. It is legal and proper to pray in this public school. Also it is legal to discuss the Bible and mention the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are at the Halalisani Junior School near Greytown, South Africa. A school that was inspired by Angus and Jill Buchan of Shalom Ministries. Their goal being to educate and instruct the children of their farm workers and the entire community as a whole. The school language is Zulu to complement the community.
Halalisani Junior School began in the Greytown, South Africa area in 1990 and has grown to be a substantial land mark in the farming community. The children from the House of Lambs attend from the earliest ages until they move on to Greytown, High School where English is the main language.
The Principal of the school is Albert Zuma (no relationship to the current President of South Africa) and has been since the beginning. Reading, writing and math are taught along with the Bible. The entire student body of 201 children assemble in the morning and in the afternoon for Bible Classes. One day a week a church ministry from Greytown proper will act out a Biblical Story for the children which will be fully discussed.
Shalom Ministries helps with school finances and complements government programs. If need be the school will feed children to make sure all are nourished properly. When clothing is required there is a supply to help the needy. And when school tuition is overdue, in most cases, it is just over looked. (Schooling in South Africa is not free)
There is hope and opportunity in the world of Halalisani Junior School and it all starts with and revolves around Jesus. In the midst of a chaotic world there are out posts established to teach and inspire children about Jesus. This is one of them. Just imagine what the world would be like if every school was like this.
Prayer: Father thank you for schools both public and private that teach the love, goodness and salvation of Jesus. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
Children of Halalisani School assemble in the yard
for prayer and Christian instruction
Preparing the Cross beam
Securing bolts, nuts and washers
Workers want to know what Jesus felt like on the Cross
FIRE IN THE HOLE
Holding the Cross steady
Securing Cross in position
Filling in the hole
Principal Albert Zuma reads the plaque as teachers look on
Securing the plaque over Halalisani School
The Cross planting team
Plaque “Declaring God’s Glory”
over Halalisani Junior School
Greytown, South Africa
and the entire area