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Letter regarding the transfer of responsibility of Bethézer’s Kapalpal school to Agape in Action (PDF)

High on a mountain ridge, on one of the most southern islands of Vanautu, perches the Kapalpal Christadelphia School.

Completed in December 2008, the school is located in a remote area along the central spine of the island of Tanna. It sits in a high, clear area with lush, dense jungle covering the slopes that fall away from it.  To reach the closest town, locals must walk for about 20 minutes to the nearest road where they can hail a truck to take them 15kms to the markets.

10kms away fro the school is an active volcano, Mt Yasur, which is erupting continuously. Those living in the vicinity of the volcano are subjected to the falling ash and acid rain – some days being worse than others. On bad days the rain turns anything outside black and the wind blows ash into your eyes making them sting.

The school is attended by over 300 children and teachers from kindergarten to year 8. It provides a haven where the children can receive physical and spiritual care. All the students come from small villages in the surrounding mountain ridges, with some of the youngest walking for hours every day just to attend class.

Every morning, classes being with a devotion, songs of praise (sung with an enthusiasm and volume tat contrasts greatly with the children’s usually quiet and retiring natures) and prayer to our Heavenly Father.  A beautiful culture of thankfulness permeates the school.

The school is built on land belonging to Brother Jack. He was the first person living on Tanna to be baptised a Christadelphian. Jack and his family are very involved in the running of the school. Jack teaches Bible for an hour every day to each of the secondary school classes. His son, brother Michael, is the school principal and teaches year 1. Michael’s wife, Anna, teaches the kindy classes. Although there is some official government involvement, all the costs of the running of the school are covered by The Christadelphian Bethezer Fund.

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