Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:4,5)
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
The Shema Christian Academy (SCA) is a partner with the Christian home and the local church body providing education for the whole child. The school does not replace the parent’s responsibility of educating children; however, the school assists each family by involving the parents and expecting them to take on the responsibility as the authority that is assuring their child’s proper participation in the education process.
SCA will begin operation in September 2020 with grades PK3-K5.
"Toky" is a wife of 13 years and mother to four children. Graduating in 2019 with a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Toky will lead the effort to open the Christian school in Madagascar upon the Mamitiana family's return to their native country.
TOKINIRINA MAMITIANA, HEAD OF SCHOOL
WHY SHEMA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IN FORT DAUPHIN?
There is currently no Christian school in this town. So, there is an urgent need for a Christian school academy. Church and home do not provide enough Christian training. The school has a tremendous influence in an individual’s life. Church training receives 2 or 5 hours per week which is 2% to 5% of a child’s waking hours. Whereas school receives 30 to 40 hours which represent 30% to 40% of a child waking hours, around 10 times as much as church.
Judges 2:10 says, “There arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.” How did it happen? We are not far from that tragedy. We live in a culture where everyone does what they think it is right in their eyes. But there is hope! Judges 3 shows that God sends a deliverer when His people called out to Him. It is with that same mindset the Shema Christian Academy exists — to win the next generation for the Lord.
Eph. 6:4 directs Christian parents to continually give their children a Bible-based education. All of their education and training is to be “of the Lord.” Can we honestly say that we keep bringing our children up if we give them training and instruction that excludes God’s word 6 hours a day, 5 days a week? Of course, we could not. However, all of a child’s education should be Bible-based and God-centered. Education is not neutral. It must be based on the truths of God’s Word. Also, Deut. 6 states that every part of the day should be “educational” from a biblical perspective.
MISSION & VISION
1. Truth in education comes from the Word of God.
"And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures … All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable … That the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
God’s Word is a sufficient guide for all things necessary in life. God’s Word reveals the correct way to view the world and teaches us principles (doctrine) that direct how to live in the world. Scripture discloses the proper order of things and the proper relationship between and among man and God, man and others, and man and nature as well as understanding that self-worth is in Christ alone. God’s word gives truths that establish knowledge, values to guide understanding, and goals to direct wisdom. Therefore, knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures is of first importance (Prov. 7:12). An education at SCA is built on the knowledge of the Word of God.
2. To be educated means a child is fully prepared for a Christ-centered adult life.
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Prov. 22:6)
A comprehensive education prepares a child for mature adult life. A child-centered education prepares a child to be a child rather than teaching the child to be a God-fearing, Christlike adult. All elements of education prepare sons to make a livelihood and to be husbands and fathers and daughters to be wives and mothers who effectively manage their households. True biblical education builds a genuine family-oriented culture upon the foundation of God’s Word.
3. Christian education attains holiness – to teach separation to God in order to serve Him 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (Deut. 6:4-8)
The Shema says to teach the next generation when they are young to think about God when they get up, lie down, walk, and sit; this covers the entire scope of a day. A biblical education trains children how to distinguish good from evil, truth from falsehood, right from wrong, and holy from unholy by knowing and understanding of the deep mysteries of an Almighty God and putting them into practice (Heb. 5:15).
4. Day-to-day life glorifies God by putting Him at the center of all the Christian thinks, says, and does.
"For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen." (Rom. 11:36)
There is no life division between “religious” activity (preaching, Sunday Service, singing of Hymns…) which is called “sacred” and the things pertaining to the physical or so-called “secular” activities (science, sports, washing dishes…). All things are part of God’s good creation and in Him all things consist, cohere, and are held together. SCA will shepherd the student’s heart to glorify God in everyday life.
5. Scriptures are the foundation of Shema Christian Academy.
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the men of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Tim. 3:16)
The Scripture is the curriculum. Every academic subject is based on a biblical concept. A biblical education does not only transfer information, but it also produces transformation. The consistency of the Scripture in what the students learn is necessary for teaching, correcting and equipping them for every good work.
6. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate teacher.
“…But if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement: of sin because they do not believe in Me, of righteousness, because I go to the Father and you see Me no more, of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged”. (John 16:7-11)
The Holy Spirit uses human mediators such as godly teachers or educators. They teach and work in the hearts of students convicting of sin and righteousness unto salvation. The Holy Spirit has an important role to produce fruit in the life of the students. A biblical education teaches the students to listen to the spirit in them. As they read the Scripture, they hear and obey what God says through the work of the Holy Spirit in them.
COMMITMENT & CURRICULUM
SCA commits to practice CHRISTIAN EDUCATION by:
1. Teaching all subjects as parts of an integrated whole with Scripture at the center (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
2. Providing administrators, staff, and advisors who clearly model the biblical Christian life (Mt. 22:37-40).
3. Encouraging every child to know the Holy Scriptures which are able to make them wise unto salvation (justification and sanctification). (Mt. 19:13-15).
4. Encouraging students to develop a love for learning and live up to their academic potential so they can fulfill God’s call on their lives.
5. Encouraging parents to be the primary authority and teachers in their children’s lives by training them to be godly parents.
6. Providing an orderly atmosphere conducive to the attainment of the above goals.
1. Bible integration/based: Deut. 4, Ps. 19:17-11, Jn. 17:17, 2 Tim. 2:1-2
2. Age/grade appropriate
3. Bible permeation - centrality of Christ: Deut. 4, Jn. 17:17, Ps. 19:7-11, 2 Tim. 2:1-2
4. Biblical worldview: biblically and theologically sound.
5. Parent involvement/parenting class.
Dr. Nason, who has been instrumental in the creation and preparation for Shema Christian Academy, leads a new venture to help and equip families, schools, teachers, and students. The 2 Edged Sword website will launch soon.
Dr. Patricia Nason
The 2 Edged Sword