Monthly Mission Focus – Operation Classroom
For 30 years, Operation Classroom Inc. (OCI) has partnered with the United Methodist Churches of Liberia and Sierra Leone to improve Secondary Education. OCI has provided thousands of scholarships (allowing students who would otherwise be unable to attend school to get an education). Nearly 100 containers of school and medical supplies have been shipped to these two countries, and Volunteer in Mission Teams have been sponsored that have provided the opportunity for hundreds and hundreds of Hoosiers (and folks from other states as well) to have “hands-on” experience in mission.
This month St. Mark’s is raising funds for Operation Classroom; a non-profit organization that partners with the United Methodist Church in Liberia and Sierra Leone to empower the people to rise out of poverty through education. Operation Classroom helps young people in Liberia and Sierra Leone grow into educated and productive adults who can make a positive impact on our world and end the cycle of poverty.
Simply providing for a people fails to address the root cause of the poverty puzzle. It is the behaviors, social systems and mindset that create poverty. The key to ending poverty lies in the capacity of a people to change their views and perspectives so that they can facilitate change and engage in productive enterprise. Operation Classroom helps young men and women in Liberia and Sierra Leone to gain an education that alters their perspective of what is possible.
Operation Classroom has provided thousands of scholarships allowing students who would otherwise be unable to attend school to get an education. In October 2019 Taiama Enterprise Academy opened its doors for a new kind of vocational education emphasizing entrepreneurship – project-based learning with the end goal of employment.
More information may be found on the Operation Classroom website.
You can support the work of Operation Classroom by making a financial donation using the mission offering envelope on Sunday morning or online by clicking the button below. Your support for Operation Classroom makes a huge difference in the lives of the students, their families and the communities in which they live.
Please contact Stephanie Cohen if you would like to know more.