One of the visiting pastors at yesterday’s dedication made a statement during his remarks that bothered me. After praising the team who built the buildings he said, “This will be a big benefit to us. This will be a school for Lutherans.” When he sat down I felt compelled to ask permission to make a rebuttal remark.
This is not a school FOR Lutherans…it is not an exclusive “club” for Lutheran use. Our goal has been to build a school that reaches those who don’t know Jesus and teaches them about his love … oh yeah, they also happen to learn to read and write and calculate math problems; how to share and respect others and deal with failure; how to use a flush toilet and wash their hands, play new games and be good citizens. But the school is simply a 15-acre tool to bring the all-welcoming Good News to one small part of a struggling nation and Liberians do not need us fostering an an environment of exclusivity.