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showers and the founding principles of america... they say, by disciplining them through education. but if you walk through christian heritage school in tyler, you'll notice many teachers are not from america. fox 51's cara prichard shares how they're taking east texas abroad in our special report. nats miss anna bastounes, jr high director: i once read a quote that said 'children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see,' so what do we want our countires to look like in 20 years? it's this question the leaders of christian heritage school ask themselves... as they try to replicate the model of education from our american founding fathers. carolyn frederickson, elementary director: it doesn't look like a great big huge institution of learning from the outside. in fact, this school is fairly small... carolyn frederickson, elementary director: it's an old building, we don't have the newest things but it's a gem because students here are learning the truth. she says they center their teaching around biblical thinking... carolyn frederickson, elementary director: i believe they know more about the real principles of government than a lot of adults do in this nation. and she's talking about first graders... nats sweeping they clean up their classroom... take out the trash... and say a prayer before the end of each day... chris lascelles, parent and ywam leadership council: my wife and i consider ourselves to be a very small percentage of incredibly priviledged people to send our kids to a school that the teachers are not only educating them in all the subjects they need to be taught in but they care about the character of our children. this campus is a part of a missionary training center. barbara kilkenny,co-founder: we moved here in 1980 but our school really started in 1979. barbara and her late husband, dr. james kilkenny founded the christian heritage school. barbara kilkenny,co-founder: what thrills us the most is to see the young people that we educate, to see the change in their lives, step by step by step as their learning principles of truth. cara prichard, stand up: while the mission of christian heritage is to teach their students to love god and love america they say the joys of liberty is not exclusive to americans. there is more than 13 nations represented here. jeff schapansky, vice principal: when i came to the united states and began teaching at christian heritage school i learned why americans are so proud to be americans. vice principal jeff schapansky is originally from canada ... he says when students from other parts of the world hear about god's kindess to this country... jeff schapansky, vice principal: it can give them hope for their own nations too. in 1980 -- mr. kilkenny launched teachers for the nations. barbara kilkenny,co-founder: so they started by coming by one, by two by threes little by little and then after they spent several years with us they would go back and start schools in their nation and ask us to come and teach their teachers. ye eun park, student teacher: when i go back to korea, i want to teach biblical principle to my students to next generation. ye eun or "amanda," will complete the 't-f-n' program at the end of this month. she says her country, south korea, is predominantly buddhist ... and coming to america has taught her how to apply biblical principles in her own life. ye eun park, student teacher: they're teaching not only knowledge and with experience through their daily life so really really inspired me. nats sherry cai, student teacher: i'm very thankful when i look back. sherry is also finishing up the program this month. she says her calling is to disciple children and families through education... sherry cai, student teacher: in china, the education system, the parents have such an expectation on you, you need to do certain things. i didn't know who i am. i didn't know what my life was about. that's how god met me where i am. he gave me the purpose of my life. these student teachers are apart of a bigger mission.... as they learn their foundation in tyler ....they'll one day take their training back to their countries. video from colombia: welcome to christian heritage school skype interview with gladys molina and translator: in tyler i learned how important it is to change a nation. gladys and her husband ricardo started a christian heritage school in bucaramanga, colombia. ricardo molina: our goal is to raise up a generation with a christian character that would be a blessing to our country colombia. they've built a school and have been training parents and teachers the past four years... and this year is the first for children. skype interview with gladys molina and translator: we have children from kindergarten to fifth grade right now so we're pretty new in this experience. their goal is to have a high school and eventually, a university. and their relationship with christian heritage school in tyler is consistent. carolyn frederickson, elementary director: it's so exciting to go back to bucaramanga in colombia and teach with them in their teacher training and in their schools. and they do this during their summers ... nats tatyana silva, teacher from brazil: everybody has the same goal, same understanding, it's unity you know. tatyna and her husband came to tyler in 20-13 .... and volunteers at c-h-s. tatyana silva, teacher from brazil: 10 years that i spent teaching in brazil i thought i lost my time. she says she loves east texas and the school, so much so.... her and husband have decided to stay. tatyana silva, teacher from brazil: when you see this working together, you see god's character here. a foundation built on the relevance of scripture to education. chris lascelles, parent and ywam leadership council: these aspects of american history are very important to recognize because they had such an impact on the development of this nation and they'll be lost to another generation unless it's intentionally looked at and understood and passed on to another generation. but that's their goal at christian heritage school.... giving back to society by growing leaders in the gospel ... one generation and one nation to the next. cara prichard, fox 51 news east texas. jessica guidry: coming up after the break, reactions

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