They faced crowded classrooms, worked long hours, and lived in basic accommodations with few conveniences. They were asked to coach teams, sponsor clubs, and take on extra duties. And they also jumped into the local congregations and became leaders. These were the challenges faced by student teachers who fanned out from George Benson Christian College in May to do their Student Teaching Practice, or STP as it is called. For three months, over 150 student teachers made a difference for students, schools, and churches all over Zambia.
One student teacher walked 12 kilometers in order to attend the nearest congregation. She studied with two college students who were also student teaching, and they were baptized.
Another found that the local congregation had all but disbanded. He and others who were doing their student teaching helped to reconcile the broken relationships and started the congregation meeting again. They also formed two new singing groups.
A student teacher was selected to lead a Scripture Club. The club led two outreaches that resulted in five baptisms.
One student teacher writes: “I want to tell you that my experience as a student teacher was very wonderful! I enjoyed every bit of it because it made me feel good . . . to know that I can shape another person’s future as a role model—because that is what being a teacher is about.”
On student taught at Kalomo High School where there is congregation composed entirely of high school students. He writes: “I congregated with the pupils from this school who did not have an (older) person to guide them in certain things. It was an inspiration to the pupils having someone from a Christian college. We started a singing group . . . We also evangelized to the people within our vicinity. “
Another student teacher was appointed to coordinate the Christian Movement Choir in his school and led them on three outreaches. He also coached the soccer team and helped them win first place in two tournaments.
These teachers in training are already fulfilling the purpose of George Benson Christian College: to prepare self-supporting evangelists who will spread the gospel in the communities where they teach.
Many students cannot attend college without sponsorship. The new school year starts in January. Won’t you consider investing in the future of Zambia by sponsoring a college student? Just $150 per month provides tuition, boarding, and fees to send a student to college. When that student graduates, he or she will be ready to serve a community, a congregation, and the country of Zambia. For more information, see the Zambia Mission website or contact Linda Gregersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.