Annual Report 2016
George Durance, Ph.D.
We wholeheartedly desire to serve our Father’s world, to love Jesus Christ, and to see individuals and societies transformed by His Spirit through education.
As followers of Jesus we are an international organization providing transformational education to children and adults. We offer teaching and learning services to all regardless of gender, ethnicity, or religion in order to promote holistic personal growth and enduring social benefit.
The name TeachBeyond best captures in two simple words our understanding of the Great Commission in Matthew 28, in which Jesus says, “Go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.” The word beyond suggests crossing geographic and cultural boundaries. It also indicates our commitment to teaching beyond one-dimensional, utilitarian forms of education to a comprehensive, holistic form that fosters personal, transformational growth, and enduring social benefit.
Our name reflects both our organizational mission as well as our challenge to Christians to think beyond their current context, to encourage their growth as transformational educators, to inspire them to get involved, and to help them go where God is leading them.
Belize Christian Academy
Founded in 1993 by Charlie and Judy Williams, Belize Christian Academy serves approximately 235 local and missionary students ranging from kindergarten to high school seniors.
Black Forest Academy
Black Forest Academy in Germany has operated since 1956, providing a quality education to approximately 340 local and boarding students whose families serve in more than 50 countries.
BridgeWay North American School
Local residents asked TeachBeyond to help establish BridgeWay North American School in Mexico City. The school will open for classes in the fall of 2017.
Fateb Kinshasa Academy
TeachBeyond and Bangui Evangelical School of Theology opened FATEB Kinshasa Academy in 2015 in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Léman International Academy
Léman International Academy opened in 2010 to offer a French/English bilingual education for ages 3 to 11. It is located near Geneva and follows a Swiss curriculum.
Quest, founded in 2007, develops people of all ages by educating, challenging, and serving them in an experiential adventure camp environment in Brazil.
SchallWerkStadt in Germany educates Christian songwriters, singers, instrumentalists, worship leaders, and producers. Since 2011, its mission has been to glorify God through the arts.
The vision for founding Belize Christian Academy began in 1992, when Charlie Williams was on a prayer retreat seeking the Lord and listening for direction about ministry in Belize. Charlie and his wife, Judy, worked with other Christians in Belize to open the school in 1993. The Williamses and the school board asked TeachBeyond to come alongside BCA in 2016 to help with educating teachers, consulting with administrators, and obtaining accreditation so the school could grow.
BCA serves local and expatriate families with children from 4 years of age through high school on a large campus near the capital city of Belmopan. There are 15 nationalities represented in the student body, and graduates attend university in North America and other Caribbean nations. The school ranks in the top tier of national standardized testing.
Throughout its existence, God has provided for the school in remarkable, inspirational ways. As we look back on the merger with TeachBeyond, we see God’s hand in the decision. Shortly after the school joined TeachBeyond, Charlie was diagnosed with leukemia. He went to be with his Lord in November 2016. His legacy is a school that educates students in rigorous academics and a transformational Christian worldview.
Africa has long been considered the poor continent, but things have changed! According to Deloitte, a global accounting firm, seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world are African, and Africa now has the fastest-growing middle class in the world. Combined with the fact that Africa has strong and vibrant churches, we shouldn’t be surprised that many believers are looking for private Christian schools.
TeachBeyond has been working in Africa since 2012.
Organizations served in Africa
Members serving in Africa
Countries served in Africa
TeachBeyond has a close partnership with the Bangui Evangelical School of Theology, abbreviated FATEB in French, which resulted in opening a school in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2015. During 2016, FATEB requested assistance in opening a similar school in Bangui, Central African Republic, which will open in 2017.
One of the biggest hurdles was finding teachers who share the same vision and then being able to walk alongside them and train them to grasp how education can have a transformative impact on the lives of children.
We planned a training session in Kinshasa in September in which three of our recently chosen teachers from Bangui joined. God gave them all an amazing week. During the lessons, the three new staff shared why they wanted to be teachers at Fateb Bangui Academy. They talked about the children who had been traumatized by the war that has taken place there in the last years—children who have seen the ones they loved killed in front of their eyes.
“I want to help give these children a Christian worldview, which is the only thing that can change their perspective of life,” one of them said. “If we don’t, in 10 to 15 years these children will want to take revenge on those who harmed their parents.” These children need healing and Jesus—and the much needed platform of education is just the right tool.
Fateb Bangui Academy will be opening in 2017.
Eloge, a first-grader at FATEB Kinshasa Academy, did not want to drop his backpack in the hallway before entering his classroom. Eloge told Hertier Fima, director of FKA, “Another student may steal all that is in my bag. At my previous school, students had a habit of taking anything they found in others’ bags. That’s why I’m afraid to drop my bag.”
Hertier and Eloge’s teacher told him how Jesus can change a person and make him trustworthy, and that is what happens at FKA. At the end of the day, Eloge came running into the principal’s office saying, “Mr. Fima, here’s my bag. I spent the whole day observing my classmates and no one opened my bag! All my belongings are still here! I am glad to study and stay in a school where classmates do not steal.”
FKA staff are pleased that their new student feels comfortable about being in this school where students are being transformed as they follow Jesus, live their Christian values, and bear witness to their faith in Jesus Christ.
*FATEB is the French acronym for Faculté de Théologie Évangélique de Bangui.
It is always busy in the Canadian and US TeachBeyond offices, but 2016 was especially memorable for all that happened:
Members serving from the U.S. & Canada
Members serving in the U.S. & Canada
When it comes to mobilization, we often focus on the number of new missionaries we recruit, train, and send to serve overseas. By that measure, 2016 was an exceptional year as we had over 110 new, full-time members begin serving with us. These new missionaries came from six different countries and are now serving in 28 countries.
As we rejoice in the quantity of people the Lord is bringing to serve with TeachBeyond, we are even more excited about the quality of these new missionaries. Each one of these new missionaries has the gifting, training, and opportunity to impact countless lives for the Kingdom through transformational education. Our mobilization team was privileged to journey with them as they prepared for their assignments, and we now look forward to hearing how God will be using them while they serve.
As we look to the future, we are striving to have the TeachBeyond membership more closely mirror the diversity of the global church. This can be accomplished through more TeachBeyond countries bringing on local members and/or establishing themselves as sending bases for cross-cultural workers. Please join us in praying that we’d soon see TeachBeyond missionaries going “from everywhere to everywhere” as transformational educators.
Ministry Partner Development (MPD) workshops prepare our members for successfully obtaining their financial and prayer support. In 2016 we held our first in-house MPD session prior to new-member orientation. It was led by Callie Buchholtz, MPD coordinator, and attended by 24 people. In total, about 60 percent of new members attended some form of MPD training in 2016.
Callie developed an online version of MPD training in 2016 that is being offered now to new members.
One of those who attended the 2016 training said, “I feel that MPD training did a wonderful job of getting me prepared and supported. Another teacher and I presented to the other volunteer teachers at our school about how we raised our support. The school has a great impression of TeachBeyond and is encouraging other teachers to get similar training.”
The MPD team also assists current members with maintaining and improving their support status. Workshops were held at Black Forest Academy and the International Christian School of Budapest in 2016. Bev Durance in Donor Services said, “We are seeing more recurring pledges and larger pledges. I think members are more comfortable and bold in asking for support.”
More workshops will be presented in 2017.
Working in Member Care brings me into daily contact with the deeper stories of colleagues who are passionately living out our shared TeachBeyond Vision Prayer: “We wholeheartedly desire to serve our Father’s world, to love Jesus Christ, and to see individuals and societies transformed by His Spirit through education.” What does this look like in everyday life?
In 2016, we appointed a member to work at a Christian university in Bolivia, appointed a couple to work at a new-to-us school in Honduras, established a partnership with a school in a fishing village in Colombia, became a registered national entity in Belize, laid the groundwork for a new national entity in the Dominican Republic, and developed a partnership with an English outreach ministry in Argentina. Existing partnerships were strengthened.
In Brazil, where TeachBeyond (Janz Team) has been a registered national entity for 47 years, a new national director was appointed. National-level initiatives in 2016 included an English as a Foreign Language outreach program in Brasilia, with plans developed to continue this and to start one in Rio de Janeiro. Many volunteers helped establish this national ministry thrust. Our Gramado base continued to grow the camp, conference, and education programs. Our Quest partners made progress on their camp building project while continuing with their programs.
Through the various ministries across the region, dozens came to Christ and hundreds were discipled in their faith. We see Christ at work throughout the region.
Organizations served in Latin America
Members serving in Latin America
Countries served in Latin America
Every spring break, El Camino Academy in Bogotá sends teams of high school students and staff on service trips around Colombia. Last year one of the teams went to La Guajira, the northern desert of Colombia, with the purpose of encouraging and supporting isolated Christian schools.
One of our students, who was an outspoken atheist, chose to go on this service trip. Her parents were believers who wanted her in a Christian environment during her high school years. While serving side-by-side with her classmates and teachers, she was confronted with the Holy Spirit. By witnessing followers of Jesus actually doing what they speak about, she saw God in a real and tangible way.
Two weeks after the trip, after asking many questions of teachers and classmates, she made the decision to turn her life over to the Lord. The whole school was rejoicing with her salvation decision.
She graduated and currently is doing an intensive discipleship training program with Youth With a Mission in Germany.
So many people have invested time, work, resources, and much-needed prayer into TeachBeyond’s BridgeWay North American School in Mexico City. Our ground team was finally able to sign papers to rent the building after more than six months of negotiation, frustration, and hope. We plan to begin classes in August 2017.
We have forged relationships with our community, with our brothers and sisters in Christ who have labored beside us in the battle, and even with the property owners who caused many concerns. We are spreading the word of our new school to attract students, and recruiting teachers from Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Books and equipment still need to be purchased. Finances need to be bolstered. We are grateful that our Lord is mindful of all these matters and more, and will provide according to His abundant riches in Christ Jesus.
It is not too often that we see growth and increased stability happening concurrently in our ministries. After experiencing five years of rapid expansion in Asia, we needed to fill key leadership positions; therefore, in 2016 we appointed three regional leaders to strengthen member care and support project development.
Growth in Asia came primarily through further development of existing projects. TeachBeyond operates in several creative access countries and it was in these countries that we saw the most growth. National bilingual schools experienced an unprecedented enrollment increase so that we now serve nearly 1,000 students in our two largest schools.
Elsewhere, a major partner school voted to have our creative access brand assume an ownership position and opportunities to teach English continued to expand throughout the region. These were in addition to the ongoing and deepening involvement we have had in Christian education projects in various Asian countries since we began to serve the region eight years ago.
Each month we are asked to partner with dozens of ministry opportunities in Asia. We face the daily challenge of determining how we can best allocate the resources, both financial and personnel, to fill the needs we see and wisdom and discernment to know where we should get involved. We need workers in this “harvest field.” (Matt. 9:37)
Organizations served in Asia
Members serving in Asia
Countries served in Asia
Several years ago, a pastor from a creative access Asian country came to one of our partner schools, Faith Academy in Manila, and asked about his daughter as attending the school. Unfortunately, her English level did not meet Faith’s entrance requirement, and Faith had to turn her away.
As Asian countries send out more missionaries, the need for English language support will continue to be an essential aspect to Kingdom work throughout the world. TeachBeyond Philippines, in partnership with Faith Academy, is developing a program called LEAP (Learning English for Academic Purposes). LEAP will provide the needed English support for English language learners to be successful.
Recently Faith Academy admitted two East Asian students who would have been turned away in the past! This is only the beginning. We cannot wait to see how God is going to work in the students’ lives, and to see how they will be a part of God’s transformational work in this world.
One of the key values we have as a mission is to promote holistic community development. Using our new legal platform, we have developed key relationships with some of the neediest schools in a creative access country. Many of the students have no school supplies or personal essentials such as a toothbrush or even shoes and socks. This year we had the opportunity to donate hundreds of backpacks filled with these supplies. Local churches in the country distributed the backpacks to the lost and forgotten in their own communities. Just recently one of the pastors reported that through this program God has granted his church great favor with the local authorities. Previously, pastors had been prevented from having church services over Christmas and had regularly been beaten by the local police. Thanks to the backpack distribution program, authorities have begun to see the churches as positive contributors in society. The beatings have stopped and church services are now held openly. Please pray that God continues to open doors like this for the gospel to be shared to all parts of society!
The European continent has been called post-modern and post-Christian. While it is true that traditional Catholic and Protestant churches are seeing a decline in attendance, parents realize—even if they would not call themselves believers—that important values are missing more and more in our society so they are looking for schools that can both teach values and form good character in their children. This is exactly where TeachBeyond is involved. Pray for Europe, and praise God for many new beginnings:
Organizations served in Europe
Members serving in Europe
Countries served in Europe
Helping refugees means not only provide housing and language courses, but also helping them holistically. Each has his or her own story that involves a great range of positive and traumatic experiences that are part of their lives. They are not an anonymous mass of people. Each of them has a face.
“My Life’s Journey” is a project initiated by Natalie Rudolph, a TeachBeyond Deutschland member working with refugees. It uses art to help the refugees come to grips with their feelings and to find a way to express them. An artist meets with them in the refugee house in Marzell for four to six sessions.
Natalie explains that she sees social work from a Christian worldview, embracing the whole person to give back his/her dignity. This concept is grounded in our understanding of God. Natalie adds, “We want the refugee to learn to understand the image of God and find hope in the Christian faith. We believe that this value is of great importance if we are concerned with sustainable integration of refugees into their new home.”
English Camp: This was our sixth year doing English camp in partnership with Roma Malancea, Mihai Tiranu, and other pastors from the town of Antonesti in Moldova. Every year the camp gets better and this year was no different. About 100 young people heard the message of the salvation through Jesus. They were discipled while learning English and having fun. The volunteer staff felt the sense of accomplishment and the joy of having done their service well before God and each other.
Day Center: TeachBeyond Moldova opened a day center in the village of Cheropkany where more than 10 people with various physical disabilities receive spiritual instruction while participating in craft and life-skills activities. A seminar was held for local church leaders to encourage them to include disabled people their churches—with one leader declaring his desire to begin work with disabled people.
|Programs and Projects Contributions and Support||$17,781,541|
|Programs and Projects Expenses||$15,912,605|
*All numbers are rough estimages based on local reports
†Numbers shown are in USD equivalent
|Programs and Projects Contributions and Support||$27,200|
|Programs and Projects Expenses||$24,480|
|Programs and Projects Contributions and Support||$12,363,549|
|Programs and Projects Expenses||$10,547,980|
|Programs and Projects Contributions and Support||$333,640|
|Programs and Projects Expenses||$304,038|
|Programs and Projects Contributions and Support||$14,831|
|Programs and Projects Expenses||$5,999|
|Programs and Projects Contributions and Support||$5,042,321|
|Programs and Projects Expenses||$5,030,108|
Pray for our members, partners, students, parents and all who come into our sphere of influence, that they may hear the gospel and be transformed into followers of Jesus Christ, and demonstrate the fruit of transformation in their communities.
TeachBeyond’s vision for transformation is God’s plan to transform lives through education, and it is our role and privilege to call people to get involved financially in this important work and to see this vision realized. In 2017, consider a lasting gift to TeachBeyond in your will or through a tax beneficial annuity. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.