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Rift Valley Academy

Rift Valley Academy (RVA) was founded in 1906 by the African Inland Mission to meet the educational needs of missionaries’ children.  In recent years, some Kenyan national children, seeking an American education, have begun attending RVA. Over 500 students come from 24 countries and represent over 70 mission organizations. Approximately 100 faculty and staff members care for the needs of the students.


RVA is fully accredited under the Middle States Association and was the first school in Africa to attain this standing. Over 90% of RVA graduates attend colleges and universities around the world. Many students later return to Africa to carry on missions work and help with the various needs facing the people of Africa.

The “Gap” Principle

Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places [gaps], posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. (Nehemiah 4:13 NIV)

Today, God has called men, women and families to the foreign mission field. Some families are faces with difficulties such as dangerous environments, poor educational systems in their field of service, the need to prepare their children for attendance at colleges or universities in their home countries. These challenges create a “gap” in their family ministry “wall.” Missionary families are faced with the very difficult decision of either leaving the mission field or entrusting their children to Jesus and allowing them to attend a missionary boarding school. The Rothfus family has been called to  “Stand in the gap” for some of these children. Our desire is not to take the place of their parents by to further the ministry of the parents with their children. We desire to point these arrows (Psalm 127:3-5) to God the Father and to their parents.

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