One-Day School on Display
Collaboration between Maranatha Volunteers International and ASI featured at session.
Imagine building a school in one day. That will soon be happening around the world, helping provide Adventist school buildings in developing countries.
One-Day Schools come complete with desks, chairs, and even a blackboard. The program is a collaborative effort between Maranatha Volunteers International and Adventist-Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI). One-Day Schools are patterned after the successful One-Day Church program, which has led to more than 800 One-Day Churches being built worldwide since 2009.
“The One-Day School . . . includes a complete building with walls, windows, doors, desks—everything that’s needed to start a school,” says Don Noble, president of Maranatha Volunteers International. “So from the time that foundation floor is poured, in one day, they can be having school.”
The One-Day School is a galvanized steel structure that is fabricated in Dodge Center, Minnesota. The components are bundled into a kit and shipped to locations worldwide.
“We’re launching a program right now of 1,000 classrooms,” says Garwin McNeilus, a member of ASI. “And they’re put in either complexes, compounds for a high school, a grade school, or it can be individual. We have tremendous needs all over the world.”
Noble adds: “Here at the General Conference [session] people have already been excited just by looking at the brochures and hearing the concept of this school. Now they’re going to be able to actually come here and put their hands on it, shake it, and say, ‘OK, this is what it is.’”
The One-Day School provides a quickly built and inexpensive method of giving thousands of children an opportunity to not only receive an education, but learn about God.
“Christian education is the genius of the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” says McNeilus. “Most of us would not be here if it wasn’t for Christian education. So as I see these little children coming to these schools, not only do they get a good education, but we prepare them to meet Jesus. That’s why we’re here.”
A prototype of the One-Day Church stands inside the reception area of Building C of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The next One-Day School will be built on the other side of the world—in Zimbabwe. More information can be found at www.maranatha.org.
Field Secretaries, Several Department Directors Returned to Office
Delegates meeting in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for the Adventist world session voted to retain five field secretaries and eight department directors in their current positions:
The general field secretaries will continue to be Paul S. Brantley, director, Office of Assessment and Program Effectiveness; Gary D. Krause, director of the Office of Adventist Mission; Angel Manuel Rodríguez, director of the Biblical Research Institute; Charles Sandefur, president of ADRA; and Brad Thorp, director of Hope TV.
The eight department directors reappointed to their positions are Heather-Dawn Small, director of Women’s Ministries; Jonathan Kuntaraf, director of Sabbath School and Personal Ministries; Linda Koh, director of Children’s Ministries; Dr. Allan Handysides, director of Health Ministries; John Graz, director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty; Howard Faigao, director of Publishing Ministries; Erika Puni, director of Stewardship; and Gary Councell, director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries.
Other department directors are expected to be
named after this issue’s deadline.