Agape Mission — Timor Leste
Since 2004, Agape Baptist Church has been partnering with Shallom School to provide Timorese children with a good education. Given Timor Leste’s violent past, the hope is for a new history for the nation to be written by a new generation of Timorese with character and leadership. The redemptive key perhaps is education – not just academically but spiritually. This instruction is established upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the only power for true transformation – from the major strongholds of violence, hatred and unforgiveness. Agape Baptist Church’s and Shallom School’s deep desire is for the gospel to bring shalom to a nation without shalom.
Economic and infrastructural transformation starts with a reformation of hearts, students are nurtured holistically. This is done with the provision of nutrition, health checkups and imparting of biblical values. As part of the desire to disciple the students, the Bible is taught as part of the curriculum. In partnership with ACS(I) and short-term missionaries, the teachers in Shallom School are equipped to pastor the children in the way of the Lord. Visitors have observed a difference in the children, for example, some have voiced aspirations to contribute back to the nation.
The annual missions giving (during missions month) finances the operations of Shallom school – providing funds to pay salaries of teachers, daily expenses and provide each student with a meal each day. The Church is also mobilised to participate in the following ways:
- As part of a cell group to “adopt” a class of students through prayer
- To “adopt” an individual student by paying for his/her school uniform
- Go on short term engagement trips or as short-term missionaries to Dili
If you would like to participate as part of the missions work or receive more information, please contact Thomas at 62995560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.