Love At Work is committed to improving the well-being of children and families living in urban slums through integrated programs in the areas of education, housing, health and nutrition, economic opportunity, spiritual and social development. But perhaps the most transformational thing we are doing is Love At Work International Christian School.
Oaks of Righteousness
Nathan went to school today dressed as a tree. He put on a brown outfit like a tree trunk. But more than a tree, I see a doctor, with the help of God, of course. He still lacks many years, but even now I visualize my son a great doctor, with God first.
Nathan’s mother, Jahaira.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
The Mission of Love At Work Christian School (LAWICS) is unique. It is both educational and spiritual in nature, the dream of providing a world-class, Christ-centered education while being a catalyst for renewal, an instrument of God’s redemptive love.
We know a quality, Christian education can be a huge factor in breaking cycles of injustice, poverty, and violence.
For example — students with a bachelor’s degree earn 140% more annually than primary school graduates and, over a lifetime that gap is enormous.
Not only will these kids break the cycle of poverty in their family, they are likely to be more satisfied in their careers, healthier, and more involved as citizens and parents.
Equipped to Serve
But the purpose of their education is not to make it possible for these kids to earn a ton of money, just so they can buy a lot of things. The purpose of their education is to equip them to serve people in the name of Jesus . . . in whatever vocation they choose . . . doctors, lawyers, teachers, pastors, public servants, entrepreneurs.
They come from places where they’re not always encouraged to help or care for their neighbor. But at LAWICS, they’re learning and understanding that they can make a significant difference in someone else’s life, and they want to give back.
It’s a huge investment, and it takes a long time. But imagine — hundreds of professionals, coming back into this community to serve! They’ll be an army for Jesus who’ll transform Alajuelita and the world.
Someone once said, "The best time to plant an oak tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is NOW.”
And we have the opportunity to do just that. Our biggest challenge is ensuring the continued growth of viable funding sources for education programs now and into the future. Many partners have supported our work for over 15 years. With their help, we’re seeing increasing numbers of students graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education.
Of course, sponsorship is voluntary. As our programs are designed to last an average of 12 to 16 years, we encourage education partners to view their support as a long-term commitment. However, there is no contract involved, and education partners can cancel at any time, for any reason.
Currently, we have many children who are without sponsors, including several in university. On average, it takes six to twelve months to find a new sponsor for a child. So we find ourselves at a critical moment, with a need to fund these committed scholarships while providing additional opportunities for more students.