By Casey Herring
In 2007, after teaching middle and high school students in a remote village in western Alaska for 5 years Casey Herring felt the Lord leading him into full time ministry. Casey had always had a passion for people, cultures, and education, but as he continued to draw into a closer relationship with God, he began to understand how God desired to use these interests as a way to serve Him in international missions.
In 2008 Casey moved overseas and begin ministering and teaching at Brasilia International School. While serving in Brazil, Casey met Meg Casciere and they quickly fell in love and got married. God brought Casey and Meg together and ignited a passion for serving others through educational ministry.
The vision for Global Education Ministries was born in October of 2010 when God pressed upon the hearts of Casey and Meg His desire for them to open a school in Mexico and use education as a tool for sharing the gospel. After more than two years of prayer and work, GEM opened its first school in August 2013, in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Casey and Meg, as well as a team from Crossway, moved to Puerto Escondido and continue to serve at the school.
Our ministry continues to develop and our school continues to grow! This first school year, we have 36 students from grades Pre-K through 4th The Lord has really shown us favor and we are so humbled and grateful by the positive response we have gotten throughout the community. We have over 70 students on the waiting list for the 2014-2015 school year. We have also started an English language institute called “Real Talk” (headed up by Jason Faircloth) that is available to parents at the school, as well as the rest of the Puerto community. God has really blessed our ministry, not only with the students, but also with their parents as well. We have started a weekly lifegroup on Thursday nights and have invited many of our parents to come.
Last semester, several families who don’t know the Lord, were faithful to come almost every week and asked great questions and showed that they are really seeking. The Lord has been so good to allow us to develop some really close relationships with the families through the school, and we continue to pray that the Lord would use these relationships in significant ways for HIS glory!
Our desire is to show love, care, and compassion to everyone we have the privilege of serving. We do this in several ways. First, we strive to create new educational opportunities for those who may not have access to good schools. GEM has opened and will continue to open schools throughout the world that are affordable, accessible, and provide a new opportunity for those previously denied quality education. In doing this we meet very real and important physical needs.
The greatest, and most important way in which we show love to those we serve is by sharing the gospel. We believe there is no greater act of love toward another than to share the good news of what Jesus has done for us on the cross. We are able to do this with our students each and every day in the classroom. A majority of them come from non-Christian homes, and it is such a joy and blessing to be able to share the good news of Jesus and all He has done for us each day.
Prayer Requests :
That the school would be a tool that reaches the lost community of Puerto with the Gospel
That we could be a part of strengthening the local church for the expansion of God’s kingdom
That we would continue to trust completely in the Lord to bring about the right teachers, the funds needed, etc. to keep the school running
We are most looking forward to the Lord growing our influence here in Mexico for His purposes and His glory! We hope and pray that the Lord would use our ministry and lives to draw many people to Himself and that they would see their need for a Savior, turn to Him for salvation, and surrender their lives completely to Him!