Why does Ekamai International School have courses such as Values Education, Pathfinder and Adventurer Clubs, and most importantly, why activities not held on Saturdays? These and myriad other uniqueness of EIS are often puzzling to new employees.
Ekamai International School operates under the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to teach the Holy Scriptures. Currently, Adventists have twenty-eight fundamental beliefs organized into six categories—the doctrines of God, man, salvation, the church, the Christian life, and last day events.
To fully immerse its new employees into the Adventist belief, the Campus Ministry hosted a seminar entitled “Seventh-day Adventist Belief and Education.” This is an integration of faith and learning. It was a six-hour and six days learning sessions that opened on August 21, 2020.
“The goals of this seminar are as follows: To create unity in the institution through the understanding of the mission, vision, and philosophy of the school, to establish understanding and knowledge of the Seventh-Day Adventist Fundamental Beliefs, to equip new teachers on Adventist education, and to develop a closer relationship with Christ and colleagues by asking the indwelling of the Holy Spirit,” Chaplain Gandeeswaran Gandhithason of Middle School conveyed through an email. “We aim to allow participants to understand how we can work together with and for Christ through planned small group Bible discussions, activities, and prayers. Furthermore, we want to provide an environment that builds a community of trust and harmony,” he continued.
Pastor Karlo Diel of Bangkok International Church opened the seminar, followed by Luther Ku Chiao Zhing, Gandeeswaran Gandhithason, Amanda Dewi, Evangeline Tan-Alvez, Armin Kritzinger as invited resource speakers. Teachers and staff were in for engaging activities facilitated by the Campus Ministry team of chaplains. Since it was a concise event, the topics shared were God in Nature, Science and the Bible, Relation of Education to Redemption, Cooperation, Education & Character, and The School of the Hereafter.
“Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience, and know the One who desires to make us whole,” the Seventh-day Adventist world church conveyed.
By Evangeline Tan-Alvez