Sharing Their Joy
Fateb Kinshasa Academy / Kinshasa, DRC
“We have a heart for singing,” said the young girls to the Pastor, “Would you allow us to sing for the church on Sunday?”
Juliana, Jenovie and Tamera were referring to their new choir, that enjoyed singing so much, they wanted to share their joy everywhere: at school, at home and at church.
These girls had learned to pray and sing in their classes at Fateb Kinshasa Academy, TeachBeyond’s first African-owned, managed and staffed school. Started in 2015 in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fateb Kinshasa Academy (FKA) has been adding a grade every year since. The school now has 8 classes: 3 Kindergarten ones and then Grades 1-5. For the 2020-2021 schoolyear they have 108 students with 63 girls and 45 boys.
“Yes, you can sing this Sunday,” the Pastor replied. Then they sang the second Sunday and the third, until they were singing every Sunday. They became known as “Lambs of God.”
“It is truly such a great testimony that FKA has shared in, because these girls learned this in school, practiced it in church and now their joy is spreading everywhere!” says Héritier Fima, TeachBeyond National Director, DRC.
“Families are also being impacted,” he notes. “Students go home and talk about what they are learning. They want to say grace before meals and pray at bedtime. Parents tell us, ‘This is wonderful. Our children are so enthusiastic!’”
“It is very important that we are here,” Fima continues. “People can see FKA is teaching good things. Things that transform the lives of students. They can see God working.”
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