We Are Not Alone
I didn’t have many expectations of the summer Olympics this time around. I couldn’t imagine the “games” happening without the tens of thousands of live spectators, local stories about interaction between residents and athletes, and the energy generated globally by congregating in Japan. The pandemic certainly threw a curve into this year’s Olympics! That’s pretty much the way we have all been feeling about the world in general and education in particular.
To my delight, however, the opening ceremony in Tokyo renewed my confidence in our world’s ability to come together. Athletes from 206 countries made their way into the stadium, as proud as ever to be representing their homelands. Their anticipation of their competition in 339 events during the two-week period was as authentic as ever. Despite last year’s delay and all of the challenges facing them, one factor was clear: they were in this together.
None of us is alone when it comes to Lutheran education! Regardless of our role or location, we are privileged to serve side-by-side with fellow educators, active communities, and supporting organizations (such as LEA!). Many don’t realize, however, the extent to which we are part of a much bigger world of educators in ministry worldwide!
Did you know that ….
- Lutheran education is formally present on six continents?
- Organizations such as LeadAChild and the Mission of Christ Network formally help to train and support individuals to serve in dozens of countries.
- Several organizations in other parts of the world exist to help develop schools and support educators in Lutheran schools: Lutheran Education Association of Ghana, Asia Lutheran Education Association, Lutheran Education Association of South Africa, Association of Lutheran Christian Educators of America (Central America), to name a few.
- The LCMS is involved with the operation of three international school in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Hanoi.
- Dozens of national Lutheran church bodies support extensive systems of Christian schools, employing thousands of educators.
- LEA hosts a Global Lutheran Education Symposium every three years prior to the LEA Convocation (the next one will be October 5, 2022 in Milwaukee).
- Many congregations and schools in the USA support and interact with fellow educators in schools throughout the world.
I suspect that YOU and your school might be involved with Lutheran education on a global level in some way. If so, please share with us ….
- Are you involved with running and/or supporting a school in another country?
- Have you ever served in a Christian school located outside the United States?
- Do you or your staff have specific connections with educators in other countries?
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We thank God for all who serve in Christian education ministry globally and rejoice in the fact that we are not alone!