A One -Day Church
Raymond Memorial Higher Secondary School
The Raymond Memorial Higher Secondary School provides Seventh-day Adventist education for more than 1,200 students in the town of Falakata, West Bengal, India.
Raymond Memorial, the first Adventist secondary school in India, opened in 1949 with most of the students living in tents on the edge of the school’s 600 acres of virgin jungle.
“They paid us to go to school,” remembers Mani Kerketta, a member of the “first batch” of students. “Then we spent the rest of the day pulling up the jungle.”
Maranatha Volunteers International first came to Raymond Memorial in 1999, building churches in the area and helping with construction needs at the school. In January 2013 a team of Maranatha volunteers from six different nations united there to build the first eight of 16 “One-Day Schoolrooms” for the primary school at Raymond Memorial.
Dedication day for these eight classrooms brought all the students—and many local Hindu and Moslem families—to the Raymond Memorial campus for a celebration of education and hope. More than 80 percent of the community businessmen send their children to Raymond Memorial.
“Of course our children go to Raymond,” the local electrical supplier says. “It’s the best education around. They teach real values.”
The One-Day Church program is a collaborative effort between the Seventh-day Adventist Church,Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI), and Maranatha Volunteers International. These stories come to you each month from Maranatha storyteller Dick Duerksen.