In June of this year, we had to make a decision. It was a hard decision, but it was a decision we could not avoid.
We were several months into a global pandemic. Confusion and fear were the air we breathed. Months earlier, we finished our academic year virtually. Now it was time for school to begin, and we had to decide what to do.
There were many things to consider. Safety. Technology. The willingness of people to send their children. Yet, ultimately our decision came down to our answer to one question: what is best for the kids?
Having just finished a quarter on-line, the answer was easy. The best learning option for students is in-person learning. Since we believed that was the best option, we determined to do whatever we could to provide it.
So, with some fear and trepidation, we made our announcement in June and stuck with it. We planned and prepared as best we could, but we knew that having a school year or not was ultimately in the hands of the Lord.
Now, we are nearing the end of the first quarter. By God’s grace we have not had any interruption to our school year. We know this is not because of our ingenuity or strategy. They helped, but ultimately, we know it is because of the grace of God and His grace alone.
There is one verse that seems to capture what this year has been like. It is found in 1 Corinthians 15:10. There, we are told, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”
So much of our year thus far is captured in this verse. We exist only by God’s grace. Yes, we work hard, but our work is empowered worked, animated and sustained by the grace of God that is with us.
Now, we stand at the crossroads, and once again, we are dependent on God’s grace expressed through God’s people.
While God has richly provided for this ministry, we have experienced the loss of several fundraisers. So, we are asking you, our partners and friends, to consider financially supporting us this year. Your gift will enable us to thrive through chaos, providing a robust, Classical, Christian education to the next generation of Christian leaders.
We ask in humility and dependence, realizing, “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work (2 Cor. 9:8).”
If you would like to be a financial partner with us in this movement, you may send your contribution to 625 S. Matlock Av., Athens, TN 37303.
God bless you, and thank you for joining us on this journey.