The Ramu Valley Academy grew out of an interdependent vision between us, our sending churches, and the tribal churches we serve int eh Ramu Valley. RVA’s vision is to provide an educational venue that combines foundation Bible teaching, practical skills & discipleship, quality education, and safety for the children of our NTM-PNG church plants to learn more about their world and its Creator – to know Him more and to make Him known throughout the Ramu Valley and PNG.
This vision is slowly BEGINNING to move to reality thanks to a gracious God and YOU – the conduits of the physical graces of help and financial support! Thanks to all of you who have been praying and giving towards the Ramu Valley Academy project! As you know, we began raising funds February of 2018 for the first phase of the school project which includes three teachers houses, three classrooms, a washroom, a workshop and a manager’s flat.
As of the end of December of 2018, the funds for this phase of construction has been raised/ promised! It’s time for work to BEGIN!!!!
We are praising God for the way He has gone before us and stirred up hearts to PRAY and GIVE and GET INVOLVED! Our School Administrator, Eric Kitchens, will be en route to PNG with his family this year and we also have a couple of building teams lined up as well to pull your funds into a physical construct where learning can take BEGIN to take place. There are so many working on this from the various angles of construction, legal, educational, curriculum development, logistics and shipping materials, etc, etc. We are so thankful to be part of a larger global team who want to see this educational facility serve its stated purpose!
Please continue to pray for us as we move forward.
We have many needs and requests:
We are praying Psalm 90:17 – the same way we did so many years ago as we walked wide-eyed up the mountain of tribal church planting among the Inapang people group.
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands; yes, establish the work of our hands!” Please pray this with us!
Pray as we develop a curriculum that will best serve the ESL and other needs of our students who are coming from rural and often failing educational systems.
Pray that the Lord will grant us favor in the eyes of the government and other officials that we will need approval from.
Pray for those who are working with us on the legal and financial sides to keep us above reproach as we form this new school.
Pray for our Board of Directors who are located in both the US and here in PNG – both ex-pat and citizens, that we would have wisdom as we walk forward.
Pray for the students. Pray that hearts would be softened and open to the gospel. Pray for hearts that will serve their local churches and communities. Pray that Christ will be made known through their lives and that the education we provide will propel the Great Commission here in PNG.
Pray for those of us who will teach and disciple that we would be sensitive tot he Holy Spirit and speak truth in our daily lives.
Pray that we would be loving, gracious, kind and yet courageous to do what He calls us to do next as we move forward with the RVA vision. It is not without adversity, within and without, that we go forward. And yet, the support and encouragement both here in country and overseas has been overwhelmingly encouraging to us as we walk where He leads us. Pray for physical strength and safety as we begin building in the coming weeks and continue to work with teams through the summer.
Thanks for taking time to read this RVA update and to commit these things to Christ, our anchor and our strength. Please take time also to THANK the LORD with us for his gracious provisions!
By God’s Grace and For His Glory~
The RVA Team
Want to do more?!! Click on the links below to see how you can BEGIN to play a bigger part in the lives of the children of the Ramu Valley!
- To support Eric, our RVA School Administrator and his family through monthly giving as they move overseas to serve here in PNG, click here: ETHNOS360 Kitchens Family
- To be part of the physical BUILDING crews this summer click here: Go:BUILD! and email the address at GO:BUILD!
- To serve and share your gifts by TEACHING a core subject or a practical skill or sport (for a year at a time or for a shorter 1-2 week intensive course) click here: Go:TEACH! and email the address at GO:TEACH!
We will BEGIN putting together a schedule and syllabus for the year 2020 very soon!