Thank you, Eagle Families! The administrative team would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the families of Evansville Christian School. In the beginning of the school year, we challenged you to a partnership of communication.
As we have sailed through the first nine weeks (can you believe the school year is 1/4th over?), there have been several instances where proactive communication has quelled what could have been a very tough situation. At ECS, we work very hard to operate by the Matthew 18:15-19 principal. If there is a concern with a teacher, administrator, parent, etc., go to that person FIRST. Other “solutions,” such as talking to friends or posting concerns on social media, do not bring clarity to the situation (often the result of a misunderstanding), result in resolution, or foster a spirit of unity.
While we are made whole through Christ, we are not perfect people. We know everyone makes mistakes. We make many decisions that directly impact the lives of our students, parents, and staff. We strive to make decisions that honor the Lord and balance many factors. It is a responsibility we take very seriously. We welcome healthy dialogue, commit to working with you honestly, and desire forgiveness and reconciliation in Christ. Thank you for partnering with us!
I have been listening to some messages recently that talk about the freedom we believers should have in Jesus. In one of the messages, the speaker was talking about the problem that we have as humans. As believers, we often think that our problem is sin – and that is a problem. But sin led to death, which is our bigger problem.
When Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, it led to spiritual death – we were separated from God. And now that we have the knowledge of good and evil, those are the things that are used against us by the enemy. Of course we all recognize that evil is a problem – but how is the knowledge of good a problem? It is because we often start thinking that we should try harder to do better. Religion is about trying to do the right things to get close to God, to no longer be separated from Him. But no matter how hard we try to do good, it is never enough to give us the life that we need. God does not want us to be religious – He wants us to be alive, to find our life and joy in relationship with Him.
The speaker explained it this way. He said it is as if we took a data cable and tried to plug it into the power connection on our computer. It’s not that data is bad – it just will not give power to your computer. The same is true in our lives. Knowledge, even good knowledge, will not bring us life. But because of our sin, we try to find life from the wrong source (Jeremiah 2:13). Instead of finding life in Jesus, we look to evil, or even good, to make us feel alive.
As a school, ECS wants to educate students with excellence. Education is good. But education and knowledge do not bring life. We need to remember where the source of true life is and plug into His power to find the solution to our problem. Jesus came to give us life (John 10:10) – and when we are filled with His life, it will flow out of us as springs of living water (John 7:38).
Something big happened last week! Yes, the President of the United States came to town, but this was even bigger! With just a few pictures and a heart full of passion to serve, ECS teacher Shelly Main spoke words that launched ECS students, families, and staff into action. This November, Mrs. Main is planning her second trip to Uganda to train teachers and to serve a school in Rakai, an area known as “the birthplace of aids”. The students at Hope for Uganda school are in need of school and health supplies, among so many other things, and ECS has adopted them as our sister school. While desperately poor in many ways, having visited this school myself, I know they are rich in the Lord! What an opportunity to partner!
I recently finished reading Love Does, by Bob Goff. He states, “…it’s true that the right people can say words that can change everything”. That’s what happened last week. Mrs. Main spoke, hearts listened, and that’s how we (ECS students, families, and staff) got to be “God’s Plan” for loving the children at Rakai. Through a coin drive – just collecting nickels, dimes, and quarters – ECS students collected nearly $4000! In addition, students donated needed school supplies to share with children who are eager to learn. One fourth grade student told me, “I can tell you one thing, you can count on me to donate Bibles. God spoke directly to my heart!”. Now that is a big deal! That is how it works with God – while we are the answer to prayer for others, He is busy changing us to be more like Him.
So while our students are memorizing Bible verses, receiving instruction aligned with biblical integration, and worshiping together in chapel they are also “doing” something about what God is teaching them! Students are engaged in praying for the children in Rakai, their hearts are big enough to think beyond themselves, and they are who God is using to change the world! There is nothing like partnering with God in the work He is doing! My prayer is that this is what Evansville Christian School is ALWAYS about: educating and equipping students who confidently engage the culture and impact the world for Christ.