Brian & Carol Foutz
Serving with World Team at Faith Academy, Manila
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October 2015: A Few Words From The Foutz Family
A New Year Has Begun!
For teachers, the new year does not begin in January. At Faith Academy in Manila, the year starts the first week of August. As you can imagine, those first days are both busy and exciting. It’s nice to touch base with returning students and great to meet the new ones you’ll be teaching.
The 2015-16 school year is Faith Academy’s 59th cycle of providing a quality, Christ-centered education to more than 500 children of missionaries, Christian workers and fellow believers. All of our staff are missionaries who raise their own support in order to serve at the school. We are short-staffed in several areas, but God had shown us how—once again—to be flexible and cover the needs.
It is a moving experience to attend our opening assembly. Over 600 students and staff from 26 nations applaud the flag of each of our home nations. We then thank the Lord in prayer for His blessing as we raise the Philippine and Christian flags. After the head of school declares the start of the new year, we commence our ten months together as a community by singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. Worshipping together with believers from so many tribes and nations is a small taste of heaven.
Life in a Nutshell
We were privileged to see both of our children this summer. Bethany was here briefly in May, then she returned to BC for a summer job at Trinity Western University. This fall she begins a fifth year of school to complete her student teaching credentials.
Daniel spent May through August in Asia, mostly with us in Manila. He taught English classes, worked as a camp counselor and ministered for a month in Nepal helping with earthquake relief in a remote area. He saw God do amazing things, which even included some preaching on his part. This fall Daniel is moving to Portland, Oregon to live, work and get involved in the creative community there by writing and doing video projects.
- God appears to be opening doors for the school to expand its ministry to closed-access Asian nations. We can’t share details, but remember our school as we pursue the Lord’s leading.
- As always, pray for staff. There are still unfilled jobs this year, and we are already recruiting for next August.
Thank you for your prayers!
Brian & Carol Foutz
April 2015: A Few Words From The Foutz Family
In a professional book we’ve been reading, we came across the term “lifeworthy,” which is defined as “likely to matter in the lives learners are likely to live.” Our reflections have taken us far outside the realm of schools (important as they might be), to consider the lifeworthiness of all that we do. In the busyness of our daily lives, are we pursuing things that make a difference, not just for today but also for eternity? The concept of lifeworthiness was a recurring theme in the writings of the Apostle Paul. His soul's desire was to pursue lifeworthiness:
This one thing I do: I press toward that mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:13-14)
Whether or not you have the time to read the rest of this letter, would you take a moment to pray today that our lives would be filled with lifeworthy endeavors! We would be so blessed if you would pray for us the words of Colossians 1:9-10:
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
Back in the Philippines
We returned to the Philippines in early January and jumped back into life at Faith Academy, with all its joys and responsibilities. Brian has changed roles to that of Curriculum Director for the school. He overseas all curriculum development, staff professional development and school accreditation tasks. This is a heavy semester because our school will have an accreditation visit in early May, and the preparation for that visit falls on Brian. The school is also embarking on some major curriculum changes and implementing new courses. In addition to his curriculum work, Brian teaches one high school history class and is preparing to teach two new courses next year. Pray that the many hours he spends before a computer screen or in meetings would be lifeworthy, resulting in a more effective and impacting education for the 550 students at Faith Academy.
Carol continues in her role as Literacy Coach and Elementary Librarian. She has the joy of working alongside and in the classrooms of all the elementary teachers. Some teachers are brand new to education, while others are veterans. In both cases, Carol seeks to give support that will help teachers significantly influence their students’ growth. She continues to teach kids reading and literacy skills as well as develop the library. Carol has also been involved in curriculum work and staff development in the elementary division. Pray that her daily encounters with adults and students would be lifeworthy.
Faith Academy’s Future
Next year Faith Academy will celebrate 60 years of educating the children of missionaries, in Southeast Asia. There are great opportunities and challenges as we look to the future. God appears to be opening more doors for us to help Christian families in limited access countries. Pray for wisdom and discernment in this process. We believe these children are the key to bringing the gospel to their home nations. Our enrollment numbers for Faith Academy continue to climb. However, as of this time, we do not have all the teachers needed for next year. Pray that God would provide in miraculous ways for teachers to be called and supported in order to begin teaching in early August. As an institution we believe that what we are doing is lifeworthy, as witnessed in the impact of what God has done through missionaries in this region over the past 60 years, but also in how God continues to use graduates from Faith Academy for his kingdom work.
SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST
Do you know a teacher who could serve God at Faith Academy for!at!least ten months from August through May? The need is especially great in the elementary division. If someone comes to mind, please share this need and consider sending us his or her email address. And don’t forget to mention that Faith Academy is the best school in the entire world!
Bethany gets to graduate twice! She will finish her BA in April, then she will return to Trinity Western University after the summer to do a professional year for her teaching credential.
Daniel is finishing his first year of studies at Providence University College. During May he will travel to Nepal to film a documentary, then finish his summer break in the Philippines tutoring students in English.