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News About Faith Davao

posted Jan 15, 2015, 8:02 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Jan 15, 2015, 8:20 PM by Sites Admin ]

Davao is a key city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.  Because of its strategic geographic location, many missions organizations use Davao as a center for outreach ministries.  The city is large enough to provide an infrastructure that will sustain many types of work, yet small enough to provide a relatively secure and comfortable lifestyle.  Its proximity to minority religious groups creates opportunity to reach people who were previously isolated from a Christian witness. 

            For many years, most missionaries taught their children at home.  But in

1979 a group of parents met together to discuss possibilities for launching a local elementary school for MKs.  A year later, the United Christian Academy was established with four students enrolled. Davao’s Missionary Alliance Church allowed
the classes to use its educational facilities.  During the next two years, more missionary families arrived in the area and the number of students doubled.  Classes were transferred to the second floor of Brokenshire School of Nursing.  These changes prompted  parents to pursue a cooperating relationship with Faith Academy in Manila. 

By 1982, the instructional staff had grown to four full time teachers.  Parent volunteers helped with Physical Education, Art, Music, and various activities.  In Manila, the Faith Academy Board of Trustees voted to adopt the growing school, and it became Faith Academy Davao.  The satellite campus offered MK education for grades 1-8.  

During this time SIL created a High School that was situated adjacent to the Faith campus. Mindanao Christian Academy (MICA) and Faith Davao functioned cooperatively for several years. In 2008 the two schools merged to become the K – 12 campus called Faith Mindanao, a branch school of Faith Academy, Inc. 

As Faith Mindanao grew (now over 150 students) and established itself as a school community there became an increasing need and desire for more local governance and oversight. Having a School Board and Head of School more than 1,500 kilometers away was less than desirable. It was especially inconvenient when the Faith Mindanao

administration desired to take quick action on school issues. In response to this and other similar matters, the Faith Academy Board decided it would serve both school communities best if the Faith Mindanao campus became an independent school. In light of this, on January 1, 2015, Faith International Academy of Davao (FIA) along with their new School Board, was officially recognized and established. Alan Farlin is the first FIA Head of School. Alan brings a great legacy to the position. He was the former Principal of Faith Davao for several years and helped establish MICA.  He was also the Principal of the newly merged Faith Mindanao for a few years. 

This is a new chapter in the history of the two schools. We look forward to what God will continue to do through the ministries of Faith Academy and Faith International Academy as they aim to serve God’s Kingdom by educating missionary kids. To God be the glory!

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