Wholistic Development Center 2017-11-10T07:57:36+00:00

WHOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER

“…they go back to their villages with a new outlook, a new hope. They go back proud of the opportunity they’ve had to study.”
– WDC co-director

The Issue

In many parts of Asia, young people from poor rural areas come to the “big city” in the hope of a better life. That better life too often turns out to be fifteen hours a day in a sweatshop or entrapment in the sex-trade industry. Most are vulnerable because they believe lies like, “Poverty is my destiny,” “I am unimportant,” or “If I just have enough money my problems will be solved.” In the midst of this reality, God is using the Wholistic Development Center (WDC) to help young people discover His truth and His best for their lives.

WDC provides youth with opportunities for both physical and spiritual development. Through vocational training and discipleship, young people become effective Christian leaders and are a godly influence to their families, communities and churches. Most of the students are from minority groups in the country; about half come from non-Christian homes. Some come from areas where there are no Christians. This presents a unique opportunity to reach isolated areas and people groups. Other students are the children of pastors and church leaders. They hope to learn more about the Bible so that they are able to take on leadership roles when they return home.

THE PROGRAM

DISCIPLESHIP

WDC serves up to 28 students at a time in its two-year program, allowing for intensive discipleship and mentoring. Christian staff live at the boarding school, teaching students, modeling how to apply biblical truth as they deal with life’s challenges. Bible study classes are taught on weekday mornings and evenings, starting at a foundational level and guiding students to grow deeper. As they graduate, students have had the opportunity to grow closer to God and know they are loved both by Him and the staff.

VOCATIONAL SKILLS

Vocational training is provided in two tracks—construction-related skills for men, and health, nutrition, housekeeping and small business skills for women. Additional classes are offered in areas such as agriculture and sewing. A small business on campus allows students to practice customer services, basic financial management, and stock management. All students also learn basic life skills, such as work ethic, personal finance, time management and business etiquette. Students are able to use these skills either to get jobs in the city or to develop businesses in their home villages.

Discipleship
DISCIPLESHIP

WDC serves up to 28 students at a time in its two-year program, allowing for intensive discipleship and mentoring. Christian staff live at the boarding school, teaching students, modeling how to apply biblical truth as they deal with life’s challenges. Bible study classes are taught on weekday mornings and evenings, starting at a foundational level and guiding students to grow deeper. As they graduate, students have had the opportunity to grow closer to God and know they are loved both by Him and the staff.

Vocational Skills
VOCATIONAL SKILLS

Vocational training is provided in two tracks—construction-related skills for men, and health, nutrition, housekeeping and small business skills for women. Additional classes are offered in areas such as agriculture and sewing. A small business on campus allows students to practice customer services, basic financial management, and stock management. All students also learn basic life skills, such as work ethic, personal finance, time management and business etiquette. Students are able to use these skills either to get jobs in the city or to develop businesses in their home villages.

Please Pray

  • This year there are students from six different ethnic groups on campus. Please pray for healthy relationships among them.

  • Please pray for the students who have recently made a decision for Christ. Their faith is brand new and they have a lifetime of spirit worship to overcome. Pray that they will bring every area of life into alignment with God’s word. Pray for the students who are not believers to encounter God.

  • Pray for the program leadersthat they would know how to mentor and lead the staff and students and that they would be able to balance the school’s needs with their family’s. Please pray for God to continue to renew their energy, and for protection and health for each member of their family. Pray for their children to grow in wisdom and stature and favor in the eyes of the Lord.

  • Please pray for one student’s father who is a shaman (witch doctor) and has said that he wants to accept Christ. His turning to faith would be pivotal in a village that is very far from God.

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STORIES AND UPDATES

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