WHAT WE DO
Our beautiful, off the grid school is located in the neighborhood of Pantanal, one of the fastest-growing communities outside of Granada. We currently have a multi-use pavilion, an administration office, and five classrooms and grade levels: Preschool Level II (age 4), Preschool Level III/Kindergarten (age 5), first grade, second grade, and third grade. Thanks to a variety of resources, we have been able to maintain a construction schedule to meet the rapidly growing needs of the school. Our plan is to continue to add one classroom and grade level a year, and maintain our strong commitment to operating a fully accredited bilingual, Christian, private preschool, primary, and secondary school by 2027. It is exciting to think that our oldest grade will be our first graduating class in just a few years.
SPORTS MINISTRY OUTREACH
In addition to offering a quality Christian education, the GCEC seeks to build relationships with this vulnerable community through our sports ministry outreach. Every Saturday morning we spend at least 2 hours with a group of young children 5-12 years of age, playing softball and other team sports. After playing for a few hours, we share the gospel by studying the Bible together or sharing our testimonies and offering messages of hope and a better way. For young men 13-16, we have started a baseball team that now plays with the Granada city baseball league. Our ministry focuses on sharing the gospel, discipling players, developing their personal character, and building team work in an atmosphere of love and acceptance. This has proven to be one of our most effective outreach tools for spreading the Gospel to individuals who may not otherwise be open to hearing the good news on a regular basis. Over the years, this 7-acre piece of land adjacent to the GCEC school has welcomed many local church groups, community organizations, and missionary partners from the U.S., all of which have made a tremendous impact on the youth of Pantanal and its neighboring barrios.
To better serve the people of Pantanal and its neighboring communities, we have been constructing a baseball complex to expand our sports ministry outreach and meet the needs of our school's athletics program. Thanks to the support of visiting teams and individuals, we have already built two full-size baseball fields, officially known as the Charles Kaye Field "Campo de los Sueños." Currently, there are limited facilities in the Pantanal community to host recreational and competitive leagues such as Little League Baseball and adult softball leagues. It is our desire to help meet this community void and strengthen our partnerships with local churches, community organizations, and other missionary groups and NGOs to reach the children and youth of this community.
The baseball complex is used daily by our school and sports ministry, many local churches, community groups, city leagues, and other Christian ministries.
Our Commitment to Sustainability & Stewardship of the Environment
From the GCEC's origin, we made a commitment to keep the school off the grid and to be self-sustaining. Utilities, especially power, are extremely expensive in Nicaragua and can represent a significant burden for an enterprise such as a growing school. We decided from our inception that we were to direct the resources God provided our ministry to the education and development of our students, families, staff, and community rather than heavy utility bills.
Over the years, we have also noted a movement away from low impact traditional architecture utilizing natural air flow and lighting in favor of imported building styles which necessitate air conditioning and artificial lighting. With the help of the University of Virginia architecture department's reCover program we developed plans incorporating traditional materials and architectural forms which respect the country's architectural history and efficient use of light and air. With the help of a small solar system to provide running water from our own well and minimal administration needs, the school provides a model for off grid design and an alternative to energy-heavy trends.
In partnership with many, we believe that we have designed an environment of great beauty, one that honors Nicaragua's own architectural history and capitalizes on its abundance of natural resources. It is our goal to shepherd our students in the Biblical admonition to care for the environment, keep it clean and beautiful, and to honor the Creator by tending to his creation. Our students are challenged to see the earth as a gift from God, not litter, recycle, conserve water, treat plants and trees with care, and to work the land when possible.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
If you, your church team, school or community organization is looking for a worthwhile construction and community development project to support, please consider helping us with the construction of our school and our sports complex. We are also looking for partners who could help us expand our alternative and sustainable energy projects. Contact us for more information.