By Erlo Aurich
Family and education are the foundations for the healthy growth of the next generation. TeachBeyond Brazil has created the “Eagle Project,” an integrated program for transformation with the goal of strengthening the family.
The pilot project offers many after-school activities for children and adolescents, as well as discussion and implementation workshops for the families. The project operates at three levels: Eagle in the School, Eagle in the Nest, and Eagle in Feast.
Eagle in the School provides many after-school activities for children and adolescents once a week at TeachBeyond Brazil’s office in Gramado. These include personal and collective play and cooperation, as well as artistic and vocational activities.
Eagle in the Nest is a monthly workshop with parents, tutors, and the project team.
Eagle in Feast is a family festival held twice a year where parents, children, and teachers can interact as a large group.
The TeachBeyond team believes the weekly meetings create a warm, receptive environment to develop in children the desire to live for God and share His love with others. “We help these children internalize biblical values and truths through cooperation-oriented play and activities,” said Erlo Aurich, public relations director of TeachBeyond Brazil. “At the end of the Eagle session we talk about what they’ve learned that day, where we often build bridges to Bible stories and characters.”
At the end of the year, the gospel is very clearly presented through art, theatre or other evangelistic presentation with the goal of transforming lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. Being an Eagle means renewal and risk-taking. It challenges every child and teenager in their first flights out of the nest, coming alongside them as they feel insecurity or fear. Parents and group leaders give the Eagles the necessary “push” for their wings to open and embrace a universe of possibilities as they grow in their relationship with the Lord.
Here are some activities of the Eagle Project. Click photo to enlarge.