March 2, 2015

Striding forward

Written by  EMM staff
Students working together in EMM worker Bethany Geib's elementary classroom at PROMESA in Cusco, Peru. Students working together in EMM worker Bethany Geib's elementary classroom at PROMESA in Cusco, Peru. Photo by Brian Denlinger.

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PROMESA, a bilingual Christian school in Cusco, Peru, initiated by the Mennonite Church in Peru and supported by workers and funds from the EMM community, had an exciting year in 2014.

The land being purchased for expansion of the school was paid off! EMM worker Bethany Geib, an English teacher at PROMESA for the past seven years, said everyone rejoiced when they heard this good news. The school started in 2005 with only 11 students but had more than 300 students enrolled in 2014, so having room to expand is timely.

A second big step forward occurred in October, when a team from Engineering Ministries International (EMI) traveled to Cusco to help with surveying, architectural design, and site development. A large part of the school’s new land is on a mountainside, creating special challenges for building.

EMI is a non-profit Christian development organization made up of architects, engineers, and design professionals who donate their skills. The team identified three buildable areas on PROMESA’s new property and created a three-phase building plan for one of those areas. Bethany said seeing the plan emerge was like watching a dream come true.

The school has been a high priority for the Mennonite Church in Peru since Quechua Mennonite children are often discriminated against in the local schools, both for their faith and their ethnicity. 

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