CFS senior consultant Dr Stephen Fyson has just returned from Batam, Indonesia, as special Graduate Address Keynote speaker at Elsadai Christian School. Not wasting a moment, Dr Fyson also delivered leadership training and teacher PD.
“It was one of those times that helps remind you what Christian schooling means to so many around the world”, he said. “Not only that, but it also reminds us of the easy fellowship between brothers and sisters in Christ across cultures and circumstances.”
As Alphacrucis Associate Dean of Education, Dr David Hastie observed, “this further expands our connections with brothers and sisters in Indonesia... We particularly thank the Christian Education Development Program from Pacific Hills Christian School for organising and sponsoring Dr Fyson’s visit.”
Dr Fyson visited just after the horrific bombings in Surabaya. Local Christians are still considering the implications of that shocking event: “We simply were not expecting that” said Pastor Johannes, founder of Sekolah Elsadai. “It gives us even more commitment to bringing up our children in the Lord.”
Dr Fyson recounts that the Graduation Ceremony was an extended affair– about four hours. Parents were invited onto the stage with their children. He found the stage and surrounds spectacular, and was touched that thanks to God were offered freely and often. Students with particular needs were simply included in the whole event.
“This was a community event of deep joy” noted Dr Fyson. “The people were literally enjoying being together – parents, extended family, students and teachers.”
Pastor Johannes and Director Asri also noted that when people come over to support and encourage their teachers and leaders, “It shows they care, and we so deeply appreciate it.”
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