Training Students in the Faith

By   •   September 23, 2010

Yolanda says she is apprehensive about starting the school year because she is afraid of “feeling lonely and getting picked on.”

Kaya is worried about the “drama” that ensues in her peer groups.

Kelsey is just afraid of people, in general.

Rachel is anxious about school because of fear “That I’ll be overwhelmed and fall behind. I’ll fail myself and my family.”

These are just a few of many students with fears about school. Whether it is fears, discipline issues or academic difficulties, parents and teachers need a support system and students need biblical guidance and discipline.

Most importantly, everyone needs to be impacted by the Gospel. How should this happen?

Tony Fajardo, Head of School at Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte, N.C., says that while Christian education has been a passion of his for a very long time, he was spiritually impacted by a public school teacher. “When I was young, I had a teacher who changed my life forever. Knowing I didn’t understand what Christ was all about, he took time with me and took me under his wing and mentored me,” remembers Fajardo. “He not only told me about Christ – he showed me. There were feet to his faith.”

Once Fajardo became a Christian, he saw that he could make a difference in the world – one student at a time.

The Importance of Discipline and Communication

Even strong Christian students need guidance and discipline. Some choose to go in the wrong direction at times, whether the rebellion is self-directed, or under the influence of fellow athletes or other students. “There were times when I incorrectly handled situations with teachers or other students, and my mentor spent time with me, teaching me the importance of discipline,” said Fajardo. “The discipline of a student should be done with the goal that he or she becomes more self-disciplined over time. These students need to understand that discipline will play a vital role in their lives.

While sound leadership is needed in our schools, the greatest need is in our homes.

Fajardo says that families often overlook the power of time and influence. “Students spend so much time immersed in their culture, their friends and their relationships outside of school. Sometimes parents are too busy trying to make sure they are putting food on the table, which is a necessary thing,” he explained. “But we as parents should understand that we need some help. We can’t do this alone. We need the support of Christian educators or counselors, or even other Christian parents.”

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For the parents who have a limited Christian support system, Fajardo, who is a parent as well as a school administrator, shares some advice.

“It is important for parents to take the time to sit down with your children and talk to them. They are looking for relationships. The best way to develop a relationship with them is to spend time talking with them. Ask them about their day, so they feel like they can come to you about deeper things later.

“If these kids are coming home without feeling as though they talk with their parents, they will find someone else to share things with. And those who they share with will be the people who have the most impact on their lives. As parents, it’s crucial that we know what’s going on in the lives of our children.”

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7 Comments

  1. Soohartho says:

    I always like your messages and that inspires me for what I am today… Thank you BGEA and may God always bless you!!!

  2. AKAKPO KOKOU says:

    I'M A YOUNG BOY OF TWEWTY YEARS OLD. I WANT TO SING TO GOD. I'M LIVE IN TOGO.

  3. Dennis says:

    I love kids. We have 10, mostly all adults. We both teach SS. It is our passion to reach kids and it should be everyones passion. Please take time every day to pray for the kids in your community. You may not know them by name, but surely you see them walking, goofing, playing. Be a part of the youth around you, PRAY for them PLEASE. Say hi and be their friend. Praise God for the children.

  4. Stephen says:

    There is nothing life can give if it does not recieve from its giver. Who is the giver? The Lord of host is the giver. So if you must have all that life could give, remember that life on its own does not give anything if it recieveth not. God has made it posible for us lets give our life to him so that he can refresh our being.

  5. Ebenezer says:

    I have loved the school. And the zeal to reachout the youth to preach the gospel. Thank you go on.

  6. Daniel says:

    I am pastor Daniel from Bissau. I am interested of beeing part of this ministry here in Bissau. I am from Rehoboth Missionary Evangelical Church, the founder of this ministry. So great experience of you, may I learn from you any experience. this is what I need from you. Be blessed in Jesus name-Amen!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Its very improtant we continue to pray for our children and youth in school to be bold in their witness for Christ. The pressures are increasing on Christians-so they must learn to wear their armor.