TIMOTHY'S SCHOOL

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Summary

Timothy’s School is an elementary school that opened its doors on February 14, 2014 in partnership with the Church of God in Obligado, with the aim of providing an innovative and comprehensive education and bring the word of God to the children and their families. This project is to construct three new classrooms, an office and a restroom.

Cost

The total project cost is $12,000 per year.

Project # 42.40430

Summary

Timothy’s School is an elementary school that opened its doors on February 14, 2014 in partnership with the Church of God in Obligado, with the aim of providing an innovative and comprehensive education and bring the word of God to the children and their families. This project is to construct three new classrooms, an office and a restroom.

Cost

The total project cost is $12,000 per year.

Project # 42.40430

BACKGROUND

The Church of God in Paraguay has a passion for reaching their communities for Christ. Since the work in Paraguay begin in 1972, under the leadership of Martin and Tabita Kurrle, the church has reached out to their communities to make a difference.

Vision

One of the avenues through which the Church of God in Paraguay has engaged in their communities is through educational institutions. The church has started four schools throughout the country with the earliest starting in 1984 and the most recent in 2014.

STRATEGY

Timothy’s School is growing and reaching people in their community, but they need help. They have outgrown the church facility they have been using and want to purchase land near the school in order to build a facility that fits them.

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“Timothy’s School is different. It’s special. And it’s going to help a lot of kids, like Timothy, to find Jesus.”

Marcos Kurrle

Timothy’s School

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Timothy’s School opened its doors on February 14, 2014, in partnership with the Church of God in Obligado, Paraguay, with the aim of providing innovative and comprehensive education and bringing the word of God to the children and their families. The school was named after missionary Norberto Kurrle’s son Timothy, who, along with his mother, died tragically in a car accident in 2012.

One unique aspect of Timothy’s School is that it welcomes students with disabilities and special needs, making space for their unique learning capabilities. This is different from government-run schools in their area and it is just one way that the school and the local church are caring for the vulnerable of their community.

In addition to striving to meet educational needs, the school also attends to spiritual needs. The director, Cristiane Kurrle, has a devotional every morning at 6:45 with all of the teachers, 80% of whom are already Christians. The teachers also do devotions with their class for the first twenty minutes of the day and offer a weekly Bible class for all of the students.

Timothy’s school currently has childcare for ages 2-4, preschool, and classes for first through fifth grades. As of the 2019 school year, 105 students attend Timothy’s School, and enrollment has continued to increase from year to year. The school employs 17 staff, including a director, a coordinator, a counselor, an English teacher, and grade-level teachers and helpers.

Timothy’s School has been meeting inside the Church of God in Obligado, but the recent growth has created a need for finding its own space. The school recently purchased a nearby property and is now making plans to build so that they can serve their current students more effectively and also reach out to impact new families. The Kurrle family has actually temporarily moved out of their home in order to create extra classrooms, but the idea is to build a three-story building and have the at least the first part ready by 2021.

Timothy’s School Video – Learn more!

This video was created by Ryan Klund from First Church in St. Joe, Michigan. We thank First Church for their commitment to the church in Paraguay!

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