CNN recently reported on a unique way one grandfather is helping his grandkids to get a classical Christian education. And as a bonus, they get to ride The Grandfather Express.
The Hayes have five children and 10 grandchildren, ages two to ten, all of whom live within 20 minutes of the couple.
Five of the grandkids are old enough to attend school and all five go to the same school, Paideia Classical Christian School, in Gladstone, where the family lives. Next year, two more will attend the school.
Doug and Amy are already very involved in their grandchildren’s lives. They have family dinners many Thursday nights and Amy works at Paideia Classical Christian School (though she said Friday that teachers have to get there much earlier than students, so she doesn’t get to ride the Grandfather Express) . . .
Pastor Wang Yi is known in American classical Christian circles for his bold faith in the face of persecution as he and many other Christians work to establish ministries, including a classical Christian school, in Chengdu.
According to World magazine:
“Wang had long prepared himself and his church for coming persecution, aware that speaking out and pushing boundaries would make the unregistered church a target to authorities. With a goal to operate openly and help develop the Chinese church, Early Rain worked with like-minded churches to create a seminary, a classical Christian school, a liberal arts college, and a presbytery. It ran ministries to the marginalized in society: legal petitioners, families of political prisoners, the unborn, and women in crisis pregnancies.”
The US government responded to Pastor Wang’s prosecution and sentencing calling for his release:
“We are alarmed that Pastor Wang Yi, leader of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, was tried in secret and sentenced to nine years in prison in connection to his peaceful advocacy for religious freedom. We call for his immediate and unconditional release . . . He was found guilty during a closed-door trial December 26 on trumped-up charges of “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegal business activities,” with no defense lawyer present . . . This is yet another example of Beijing’s intensification of repression of Chinese Christians and members of other religious groups ” (Full Press Release: Conviction of Chinese Christian Pastor Wang Yi).
- World magazine article: Long-expected sentence
- Pastor Wang Yi’s ministry: House Church on a Hill, Early Rain Covenant Church Facebook Page
- New York Times article: China Sentences Wang Yi, Christian Pastor, to 9 Years in Prison.
- Time magazine article: Prison Sentence for Pastor Shows China Feels Threatened by Spread of Christianity, Experts Say
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Entrepreneurship isn’t just for new products; it can also deliver new kinds of education. It’s a darned good thing that we allow that (unlike some “progressive” countries) because American education is notoriously high in cost and low in quality. read more…