It is my belief that the greatest treasure and legacy I can leave my son is Christian faith and Christian education, which will enable him to reach his full potential for God. Jesus states in the gospel of Mark, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Yes, we want to give our children the best education possible; but as Christians, we should want that education to take place in a Christian context. Academics and faith can and should coexist.
Too often Christian parents think Christian education is the job of the local church and that religious education begins and ends at the church door. This is a misconception. The church, home and school should be working together to prepare the child for both economic and spiritual success.
As Christian educators, we aim to accomplish a number of things. We strive to develop your child’s character, gifts for social responsibility, social health and prepare him or her for the world of work. Additionally, we seek to lead young people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, for the ultimate aim of Christian education is to prepare a person for service to God and other people both in the here and the hereafter.
Frequently, children who are raised in Christian homes go off to university and either have their faith weakened or destroyed. Lighthouse International School aims to prevent that from happening. We give our students both the academic tools and spiritual nourishment necessary for them to thrive as well-educated and spiritually strong Christians after they have graduated.
This is why the headmaster emphasizes the need to begin each day with chapel, so the students’ minds can be focused on the purpose of their academic endeavors: the glorification of God. They learn Jesus Christ’s teaching in a practical way: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Our teachers are required to be master teachers and mature Christians, who are able to develop students’ academic and spiritual growth both inside and outside the classroom. Teachers are evaluated based on their ability to complete both of these tasks. They receive instruction in biblical integration and are encouraged to research ways they can integrate faith with the content they teach.
Recently, we received accreditation from Accreditation International. This accreditation agency places a high value on both academic excellence and spiritual development. They gave us a number of excellent recommendations in both areas, and we are actively seeking to fulfill these goals.
It is our desire to do everything in our power to help your child prepare for a successful life; and I assure you, we have an excellent team at LIS. Your sons and daughters are in good hands. We invite you to partner in this endeavor with us. “May the Lord richly bless both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 115:14-14).