The word means “release from bondage.” And it conjures many images from our nation’s history: freedom from religious persecution, freedom from colonial tyranny, and freedom from slavery, to name a few.
Yet, in this land of freedom, many urban school children remain in the bondage of failing neighborhood schools. These schools often reinforce the child’s perception of personal failure. But that “failure” is actually due to forces beyond the child’s control: unqualified teachers, learning disabilities, racism, poverty, materialism, broken families, drug addiction, and paternalism. This perception of failure can develop into self-loathing and self-destruction. Christian schools, in general, have ignored the problem and have unintentionally created a form of bondage of their own. In spite of repeated calls for reform, one researcher found that over 85% of Christian school students surveyed were “ready to live comfortably for Christ”, in self-absorption.
A Unique Solution
What makes The Freedom School different from other schools is WHOM we serve and HOW we serve them. It can be summed up in one word: RECONCILIATION, which means transforming enemies into friends.
How We Serve
Many schools are dedicated to academic excellence. Quality education may help students get ahead, but it doesn’t set them free. The last fifty years of research shows they need more. When students practically experience the love of Christ at school, they become truly free: free to reach their unique potential as image-bearers of Christ and free to live like Christ to love god, love themselves, and love others who aren’t like them; building God’s kingdom of justice and mercy.
DRAWING FROM A RICH HISTORY AND UNIQUE VISION, STUDENTS AT THE FREEDOMSCHOOL LEARN: “WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM” (2 CORINTHIANS 3:17).