The board of trustees of Immanuel University in Hyderabad, India, recently announced the new School of Education and Center for Christian Leadership will be named for David and Janet McKenna.
In his announcement, Free Methodist Church of India Bishop Joab Lohara said, “We honor Dr. McKenna for his 33 years as a college, university and seminary president in Christian higher education and his wife, Janet, first lady with the president and a premier second-grade school teacher in her own right.”
The McKenna School of Education is dedicated to the poor and untouchable youth of India whose dreams are small and future dismal. It is the aim of the School of Education to train these youth to be educators and to awaken the leader in them. There is a huge market for teachers in India, and Christian teachers are preferred because of their language skills and Christian values.
The plan is to begin building the facility in the spring, and inaugurate the program in the fall of 2014. A total of $365,000 is required to build and operate for 2014–15 with full accreditation from the federal government. More than $97,000 currently has been raised, and $100,000 more has been pledged as a matching grant for future gifts. Friends of the McKennas will be invited to join their names with David and Janet in the halls of Immanuel University. The opportunity for impact is unlimited, and the return on the investment is incredible, according to university officials.