Christian Light School originated in the Fall of the year 2000 with 20 students and a vision from God. This vision has remained constant: to impact the lives of children in Haiti through a Christ centered education, one meal, one education, one soul at a time. Sherrie Fausey, a retired school teacher from Florida, answered the Lord’s leading to settle in Port au Prince and serve a community located in Delmas, an impoverished area of the city. This community built their houses next to a ravine. From this ravine, the precious families of this area bathed their children, washed their clothes and gathered their drinking water.
Sherrie believed there was a need for a school that offered instruction and nutrition to the youngest members of this neighborhood and continued with training and education until young adulthood. From its one room beginning, Christian Light School has continued to grow in the number of students served, in the programs offered and in the persons reached with the Gospel. But, the vision remains the same: to change lives, one meal, one education, one soul at a time.
The Christian Light School in Haiti is a non-denominational Christian ministry that operates under the umbrella organization of Christian Light School, Inc., based in St. Augustine, Florida.
The purpose of the Christian Light School and her sister ministries in Haiti is to carry out the Great Commission to, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation". Sherrie Fausey, Director, is motivated by Jesus' words in Matthew 25:40: "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me," and a vision to develop and educate her students to become Christian men and women who can foster strong Christian leadership in a land where corruption in government and business is commonplace. These Christian young people are ultimately the best hope to bring about change for the better in their country.
Currently, we teach in 3 languages. Creole is used because the children are Haitian and therefore think in Creole. But, French is the legal language of Haiti, so they must learn French to flourish in society. However, the best Christian curricula are available in English, so it is necessary that they learn English as well. Remember, the goal of the school is to raise up children who will ultimately be Christian leaders in Haiti.
In time, we hope to expand our vision to reach more children with several satellite elementary schools that feed into a central high school that will graduate well-educated Christian men and women to go forth and change their country for the better.
CLS began in the year 2000 with a class of 20 preschool children. We currently have over 260 students and many more waiting to begin. There are children stuffed into every nook and cranny. We desperately need more space!
American teachers are urgently needed to teach each subject in English. Haitian teachers do a very good job of teaching in French and Creole, but English is more difficult for them. We hope to have American and Haitian teachers working side by side in the classrooms to produce the best education in the country to the glory of God.
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