Quality Christian education has long been a pillar of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Yet the impact of this tradition is creating an overwhelming challenge. There is a growing demand for Christian schools yet the Adventist Church lacks the facilities to accommodate the demand. In many parts of the world, existing campuses are in need of serious renovation. In some areas, there are no schools at all despite the existence of a robust Adventist community.
Maranatha began including school construction as a regular part of our mission in the 1990s. Since then, we have witnessed the incredible impact a school can have on a child and their family. Christian education is a powerful way to share the love of Jesus Christ. Students of all backgrounds attend the schools in search of strong, values-based education. Then, they share the lessons they have learned with their families at home. In many cases, these families begin to attend church. And in other situations, the introduction of Christian values can help to heal a home that has been broken by violence, alcoholism, or other forms of abuse.
Education is a powerful tool for change, and it is an important part of Maranatha’s work.
The One-Day School
The need for more schools demands a system that is affordable, easy-to-build and transport, and effective in serving the needs of the students and teachers. The One-Day School was born from this challenge.
The versatile One-Day School building can be used as a single classroom or in quantity to create a complete campus. Inspired by the One-Day Church, a single One-Day School kit comes with a galvanized steel frame, roof, and walls. The entire building can be constructed in one day.
The One-Day Schools have strategic vents promote airflow and thermal efficiency. There are large windows to allow for natural lighting in places where there is no electricity. The walls are coated with earth‐tone paint, and the roof is white to reflect the sun. Each classroom is equipped with desks and seats for forty children, decorations, and a chalkboard.
Education and Evangelism Centers
The Education and Evangelism Center (EEC) is our largest structure, and Maranatha has built more than 100 of these school buildings around the world.
The EEC, a block construction building, features a long open space in the middle with classrooms, restrooms, and offices flanking either side. The center space can be used as a gymnasium and an auditorium, and one end has a large platform. The EEC can have six to twelve classrooms, with room for 40 students per room. Depending on the size, the auditorium will seat anywhere from 500 to 1,000 people.
The EEC is a very efficient building in serving the multiple needs of a community. It can be a school during the days, a community hall in the evenings, and a place of worship on the weekends.