Denomination renews long-standing support for educational mission

GRAND RAPIDS — Tent Schools International has been renewed as an Accredited Nondenominational Agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. This means the denomination endorses Tent School International for support by congregations and individual members. Organizations with the CRCNA endorsement are selected because their work is closely related to the denomination’s integral work of mercy, Christian education, or the distribution of the Word of God.

Tent Schools International has long held the denomination’s stamp of approval and we are deeply grateful. We are honored to have the denomination’s support as we extend mercy to children. If you aren’t familiar with us, we deliver classrooms, supplies, and educational technology to children who have lost years of education because of war, violence, or natural disaster. We have worked all over the world throughout our history.

Our largest current projects serve Syrian refugees who escaped civil war and Iraqi Christians who fled terrorists. Our work is truly turning loss into healing and hope. Reports from the field indicate that one child’s return to school can pull an entire family out of despair. The whole family experiences more hope for the future. Our work has become even more important for refugee families facing isolation and unemployment as a result of the coronavirus. Outreach from our schools is often the only support refugee families are receiving. It only takes a small investment to educate a child for a year in a temporary school in a refugee camp, but the returns on the investment are exponential in terms of hope.