Operation Education

ClassroomWhile visiting Malawi, Africa, last year, I became keenly aware of a need that I have taken for granted my entire life – Quality Education.  The situation: Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a very low standard of education in its public school system.  Private schools and colleges offer a high standard of education, but few can attend because they cannot afford tuition fees.

My purpose for going to Malawi in the first place was to meet Patrick Readson and his family.  Patrick contacted my non-profit organization, Disciplers International Inc., with a request for training.  Over the next two years, my associate, Michael Weiss, provided discipleship training via the internet.  In conjunction with a military ministry conference in South Africa, Michael and I decided to spend a week with the Readsons in Malawi.  In short, it was a life-changing experience, not only for the two of us, but I think for the extended Readson family as well.  Here’s what we discovered…

Patrick & MervisPatrick, who graduated at the top of his class in secondary school and whose application to attend college was approved, cannot afford to continue his education.  Patrick pastors a local church, and does his best to support a large household (wife, two small children, brother, sister, brother-in-law and niece), but he does not have the means to get ahead in life, nor to help his family get ahead.  When I became aware of the situation, and the opportunity to help, I recommended to my Board of Directors that we fund Patrick’s first semester of college.  The board approved my request unanimously.  Since then, a private donor has pledged to cover his second semester tuition.  This is just the beginning…

Shortly after returning home from Africa, I learned that Patrick’s brother, Edward, who received a private donation to start trade school, did not have funds to continue on.  In order to keep Edward in school, my wife and I immediately covered the cost for his second semester.  Meanwhile, Michael Weiss and his wife have been funding the private educations of Patrick’s two children and sister.  It is worth noting that it does not cost much in U.S. dollars to pay for a private education in Malawi.  As I see it, we are involved in a “low investment, high return” operation that is making a big difference in the lives of a few people now, but has the potential to make a huge difference in the future.  This is my vision…

ReadsonsOperation Education – Begin by providing the members of one family in Blantyre, Malawi, with educational scholarships through private donations that pay for tuition, text books, supplies, lunches and transportation costs.  Repeat the process with other families in Blantyre, and then beyond to those living in communities throughout Malawi.

My intent is to match willing donors with individuals in need of quality education, beginning with members of the Readson family.  If you want to be part of this endeavor, or want more information, please contact me at bartphysioc@gmail.com.  Disciplers International Inc. is committed to educating and equipping people, not only to become disciplers for Christ, but also to be effective leaders in their homes, workplaces and communities.  This is what Operation Education is all about.

Submitted by Bart Physioc

3 comments

  1. John Brooker says:

    Thankful for the impact that Christ is making through families and men like you and Mike.

  2. Bart says:

    Thanks, John; I appreciate your comment very much!

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