Meet the principal of the Al Raja School in Manama, Bahrain

To the Editor:

On Sunday, July 28, the Altamont Reformed Church will welcome a special guest — Josh Perkins, who serves as principal of the Al Raja School in Manama, Bahrain. We would like to extend an invitation to anyone in the wider Altamont community to join us that day to learn about this small island nation located in the Persian Gulf and the school, which was founded in 1899 as the first Western-style school in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Al Raja School of Hope, which is supported in part as a mission of the Reformed Church in America, is a private, not-for-profit institution with over 600 students in kindergarten through grade 12.  The administration, faculty, and staff come from a variety of backgrounds, as do the students, making for a multicultural mix of Christian and Muslim, Eastern and Western, Bahraini, and expatriates.

Mr. Perkins will speak during the 9:30 a.m. worship service, which will be followed by an opportunity for casual conversation at a “Lemonade on the Lawn” fellowship time hosted by the ARC Benevolence Committee.  There will be a potluck luncheon in the church’s Fellowship Hall starting at 11:30 a.m., at which Mr. Perkins will show a DVD about the school and answer questions about the school and life in the Persian Gulf region.

For more information, call the church office at 861-8711.

Kitt Jackson

Chair, ARC Benevolence Committee

Altamont

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