I started teaching English at the grade school where the girls attend almost 10 years ago. I taught English in an after school program every day for 4 years. Being educated as a music teacher, education is very dear to my heart. And I love our school because it is one of a kind. It is the only public Christian school in the second largest city in Belgium. Religion is a taught as a requirement in all Belgian schools. Because our school is Christian, Jesus is openly taught and the population of children come from multiple countries and religious backgrounds.
After being a part of the teaching staff, I was able to see how deeply the school was struggling. I even participated in one of the school boards and had a bigger picture of the problems. After 4 years our English program was eliminated and so I felt that my job really needed to be devoted to prayer. 6 years ago I began a moms’ prayer meeting every Wednesday. That first year of prayer we fought battles and prayed for the impossible. In answer to our prayer, the city came in and did an inspection. They forcefully removed some of the biggest problems but even with certain people gone, the school received a terrible inspection and was told we had 4 years to change the situation and then a second inspection would be done.
As a group of praying moms, we saw countless teachers come and go and have worked with 4 directors over the years. We have volunteered in all kinds of roles. We have sold more hotdogs than we could count to raise money. We cleaned out the basement multiple times and painted offices and the entry hall. And all the while we kept on praying that God would bring the right director and the right teachers to our small school. We prayed for the educational level to rise and for the city to recognize the work done.
In September, 2 city inspectors came for 2 days to do a follow up inspection. The expectation on the city’s part was that they were coming to shut down our school. But after seeing the effort of our newest director, teachers and board, the city gave our school the highest approval. They said they had never seen a school do such a drastic turn around in such a short amount of time.
As we continue to pray, we are grateful and mindful that God can do the unimaginable. And we celebrated as moms. And the school celebrated too. They brought an ice cream truck to the street and let every child have a cone and see what a great school they are a part of. We are love when God answers prayer!