Let The Little Children Come
Andrew Mering Jau, Haggai leader and overseer of a preschool in the Barun district of India, believes that one way to bring children to Jesus is through building up Christian-based preschools and primary schools.
After seeing a primary school solely funded and administered by Christians, to which Andrew attested “was one of the best,” he began to see the need for more primary schools and even preschools that are not only not afraid to share the Gospel, but rejoice in it.
He believes that providing children with a good education will give them the foundation they need to grow into strong, Gospel-following adults. In fact, Andrew’s love of education began at an early age as well.
“My late father really gave us the importance of education,” Andrew says. “My oldest brother was the first of the Kayan tribe to enter university.”
Andrew followed in his brother’s footsteps and was selected to go to the University of Technology in Barar, where he studied politics, public administration, and business studies. Andrew then worked in banking for many years before starting his own church in 2007.
After being raised pagan, Andrew became a Christian in 1974 when he was in school. A revival had started among a few of the students, and as he was the head boy, or head prefect, these students prayed persistently for him.
“I listened to the kind words of prayer they had for me, and I was moved,” Andrew shares. “Then I accepted Christ.”
Soon after that, the rest of Andrew’s family became Christians as well. But God was calling Andrew for more. Though he had not heard of Haggai International before 2006, he testifies that the Haggai Leader Experience changed his perspective.
“It is a life-changing seminar,” Andrew says. “You will not only learn the allocated subjects like ‘Biblical Mandate,’ ‘Stewardship,’ and ‘Discipline,’ but you also will network with other Christian leaders from all over the world.”
Andrew took all he learned and set up a National Seminar. Many people have spoken about how this seminar changed their lives.
One participant even went as far as to say that the seminar taught him more in one week than what he learned in three years of conventional theological school.
To take the skills he learned at the Haggai Leader Experience and bring them to the primary education sector is Andrew’s ultimate goal. The church he started in 2007 with just 70 worshippers has grown and is now in the process of applying for purchase from the private company that owns the land. He would like to expand the Christian preschool of the church and start a Christian primary school as well.
Andrew says the way to reach people is through young kids, which is why he is so passionate about the preschool ministry. So, Andrew would like us to pray.
“Pray that the local community leaders will be able to accept the principle of Christian preschool,” he implores. “Pray that our native community leaders and our Christian leaders will really appreciate what this preschool is meant for.”
So, let the little children come. Let them come and see the glory of Jesus.
Andrew Mering Jau
Attended Haggai: 2009
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