Escuela El Sembrador
Escuela El Sembrador (The School of the Sower) offers hope to the underprivileged youth, particularly young men, of Honduras. The boarding school was founded in 1954 by former WGM missionaries Donald and Twana Hawk. Leaving their farm in Ohio, the Hawks set out to reach the neglected children of Honduras through education.
The primary vision of the school has always been to sow the seeds of Jesus through the teaching of the Word of God with love and a genuine concern for the students. Students at El Sembrador get the education and vocation training that is needed to break the cycle of poverty for them and their families.
Since the first class of just 12 students, more than 7,000 students have been educated and ministered to through El Sembrador’s educational programs, which include vocational training and a Bible institute. Many graduates have gone on to become mechanics, lawyers, engineers, and pastors.
Escuela El Sembrador offers vocational training in addition to academics. Students are taught in several areas, including woodcarving, woodworking, diesel mechanics, industrial mechanics, vocational agriculture, and masonry. These programs give the students the opportunity to learn skills in almost every area of new construction as well as basic repairs and maintenance. The students are also taught responsibility and a strong work ethic.
Located on the campus of El Sembrador, the Bible institute is three hours from the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Through a three-year program that focuses on theology and life application, the institute trains men and women for ministry. Students are also given opportunities to grow their leadership skills through positions in El Sembrador dorms and local churches. Graduates of the institute are becoming better equipped to move onto even higher levels of education and are providing Honduran Holiness Church with trained pastors and Christian leaders.
Founded in 1988, El Sembrador Academy provides a Christ-based education for missionary kids whose parents are ministering at El Sembrador. Prior to the school’s beginnings, missionaries had to send their children away to receive an education consistent with American schools. The academy uses the A Beka video school system where students are part of a videotaped classroom. Through this technology, students receive daily lessons from teachers and time to work on assignments. Each grade has its own set of videos and equipment, helping MKs transition to stateside schools with ease.
With the dropout rate growing in Honduras, many children are not receiving a proper education. More than 50 percent of Hondurans finish the fifth grade, and less than 6 percent will reach seventh grade. With many school-aged children being forced by economic hardships to stay home and provide for their families, those blessed with an education are vital to the future of Honduras.
Become a significant part in the future of these children through the El Sembrador Sponsorship Program. A gift of $125 per month, or $1,500 per year, will provide a child with the education they need for one year. Donations can be made to World Gospel Mission and sent to:
El Sembrador Sponsorship Program
World Gospel Mission
P.O. Box 948
Marion, IN 46952