bright future with Sunrise.
I was 17 years old, my Dad sent me to study in the United
States of America. He first arranged for me to stay
for a week with Goldie Smith, a devoted and dedicated
Christian Lady. Since then, I would visit her almost
every year, sometimes staying with her for weeks at
a time. She became "Aunt Goldie" to me. I
learned to appreciate her strong faith and love for
the Lord and His church. She never missed worship services,
even Wednesday or Sunday night, unless she was really
ill. She was involved in community activities and served
as a board of trustee of a nursing home for many years.
She even served as an active WBS teacher for over 20
years. I have never met a woman who had such leadership
ability and influence yet was submissive to her husband
and respectful to the elders of the church.
Aunt Goldie bequeathed a portion of her estate to my
father before she died. My Dad has used her legacy to
build up Sunrise Christian College to become a Christian
university in the near future. It now has the capacity
to educate and train as many as 1,000 students in June
and offer more degree programs next year. Presently,
Sunrise Christian College is offering degrees in Religious
Education (Bible), Elementary and High School Education
( BEED), and Computer Science. Next year and the following
years, we hope to offer Criminology, Nursing aid, Hotel
and Restaurant Management and other TESDA accredited
Surrounded by hills and mountains, Sunrise is located
in a picturesque area in Butuan City. The 24-hectare
campus has been developed into a functional institution
for learning, development and recreation. It even has
the only Olympic-size swimming pool in the city as well
as other sports facilities. The quality idyllic environment
will soon be matched by even higher standard of teaching
with expected American teachers coming to help. Already,
three administrators and part-time teachers are US educated.
More US trained workers are expected to join the teaching
staff. With affordable current tuition fee of only under
P5000 per semester, SCC offers the best opportunity
of Christian Education for anyone in the country.