September 22nd, 2009

Why BFA Is Awesome for Families

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We’ve spent a lot of time over the past few weeks sharing with people in Northwest Arkansas about BFA and why we’re so excited about going. On Sunday we shared with our church. As I was preparing, I realized how wonderful BFA is for missionary families. I think the idea of boarding school can be kind of difficult for some people. I know the first things that pop into my head when I think of boarding school are some rich parents who don’t want to deal with their children, so they send them away to boarding school. But that’s so not Black Forest Academy.

As I’ve read through parent testimonies about BFA, I’ve realized that there are so many reasons that missionary families might decide BFA is the best place for their kids. Here are a few.

  1. Some countries don’t have English speaking schools.
  2. Many national school systems end at 8th grade or before.
  3. If MKs go to a national school, they might not be able to get into a college in North America.
  4. National schools might not be able to meet the educational needs of an MK. For example, an MK with a learning disability,
  5. You can’t home school in some countries. Did you know that?! It’s actually illegal.
  6. If MKs are having behavioral problems or trouble adjusting to the country in which they serve, BFA might be a needed removal from negative or difficult influences.
  7. There aren’t many other opportunities for MKs to be surrounded by other kids who totally get them.

Parents don’t send their kids to BFA because they don’t want to deal with them. Parents send their kids because it’s the best option for their family. It’s difficult for missionaries to let their children spend eight months of the year thousands of miles away, but they trust that God is ultimately the one caring for their children, and that he can do it just as well in Germany. Black Forest Academy is full of teachers, dorm parents and staff who love missionary kids and want to invest in and love them. We, as staff, are partnering with missionaries in parenting their kids. What a huge responsibility and great honor.

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