2010-11 School Year
The 2010-11 school year has come to an end. The Class of 2011 has graduated and each student is on his or her way to the next road in the journey of life. Test scores show that our students are ready academically. The scholarships given give testimony to the character, service and academics achieved by our students in high school. My hearts desire, however, is that each TBS senior has graduated desiring to glorify God with a life committed to His service. My hope is that each has a heart to serve God and, in doing so, serve others. And, there is much evidence that our graduates are going to make a mark on the world for Jesus Christ. Many are continuing their education at Christian colleges. Several are heading to Bible/Missions school. Others desire to make a difference in the work place or the secular school arena. Whatever their call, I will be praying for them. I look forward to watching each continue to grow in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This past weekend I celebrated my niece's graduation from a Christian high school. What a celebration it was! A young woman who could have been sucked into the horrors of the Portland Public School System instead graduated with Christ in her heart and a purity ring on her finger. For that to happen, my sister made many sacrifices. Raising a daughter as a single mom is a difficult challenge. Putting my niece through a Christian school made her mom's finances even more challenging. But as we all prayed, we saw God take care of them in amazing ways. Bags of groceries showed up on her doorstep. Women in the church "kidnapped" them and provided shopping trips for clothes. Christmas and birthday gifts were generous and met needs. Even with an income of under $1000 a month and paying 50% Christian school tuition (thanks to the school's generous financial aid program), they lived frugally but comfortably. Only an amazing God could accomplish that. I personally am convinced that when my sister purposed in her heart that her daughter would be taught in a place where His name was lifted up and where she would be taught His Truth, God provided her every need. He is a God of miracles and He provides for what is His will.
To many Americans, Memorial Day is just a day off, a day to enjoy the sales, a day to picnic with family. For me, it is a day to remember the great sacrifice so many Americans before me made so that I can be free. I am so thankful and very indebted to those who have given their life for my freedom.
Even more, I am thankful for the freedom I have in Christ. Because Jesus died, I am free. I am free from eternal punishment, free from the bondage of sin, free from a life of emptiness. Since Christ died for me, I have eternal life, freedom from the clutches of sin and live a full and abundant life in Him.
Today I celebrate freedom!
National Day of Prayer
What a privilege it is to be able to pray, to learn about prayer in community, and to spend time in prayer --right in school. Today, our TBS elementary students were challenged from God's Word to pray and then were reminded of the many opportunities we have to talk to God throughout the day. Our high school student council led their chapel, with student leaders challenging their fellow students to not take prayer for granted, but to pray for the many areas of life their lives are engaged in. We know that God asks us to pray, promises to hear our prayers, and tells us He will answer our prayers. How wonderful that we can pray and trust Him to work out His perfect will in our lives.
Christian Schools Do Not Shelter Students
Psalm 78:4 "We will not hide them from their children; We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders He has done."
Christian schools do not shelter students from reality. Instead, they prepare students for real life by teaching them the whole truth about the real world while honoring the presence of the source of truth, Jesus Christ. Christian schools partner with parents by teaching the next generation about God's standards/commands for life. As teachers walk alongside students, as they sit with them at lunchtime and enter into discussions, as they talk in classrooms, sharing facts and concepts, they constantly challenge students to think about God, His purposes and His plan for their life and for this world. In doing that, the realities of life are laid open for discussion. A biblical worldview is presented for students to compare to other world views. Christian schools do not shelter students.
Thoughts from the TBS Auction
What a great time was had by all those who attended the TBS Auction March 19th! The fellowship was sweet, the 50's theme was fun and the generosity from those who attended was GREATLY appreciated! The Fund-An-Item brought in almost $7,500 needed new technology for our classrooms :) Our elementary students will benefit from Automatic Response Systems, helping the teachers assess their understanding as new concepts are taught. The secondary students will benefit from LCD projectors in the classrooms, bringing the technology up to date.
Thanks so much for supporting Christian education!! Now -- we look forward to the auction at our New Hope campus on April 8th!! The public is welcome!
The Importance of Christian Education
We talk a lot about mission and vision at South Sound Christian Schools. I was reviewing some notes from a seminar I attended last year and saw this reminder which gave me cause to think again about the importance of Christian schools.
Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." (NIV) Imbedded in this verse is both mission and vision. Our mission is to train children in the way they should go, with a biblical world view and knowing God in a personal relationship. Our vision is that when they are old they will continue to choose to live by God's standards of love and will know God in intimate relationship.
At both New Hope and TBS our heart's desire is to partner with parents to train students to know God and to understand His loving commands. Our passion is to share with our students our relationship with God in a way that will challenge them to also want to know Him. We hope that we see the mission and vision of Proverbs 22:6 fulfilled in the lives of TBS and NH students.
Happy Birthday to TBS!!!
The sound of 350 TBS Pre-Kindergarten - 12th graders shouting "TBS!! TBS!! TBS!!" still rings in my ears. That is how we ended our TBS Happy 50th Birthday celebration last Friday. The entire campus gathered to sing "Happy Birthday" to TBS in a grand finale to our week of celebrating 50 Years of God's blessing on this school. It was a wonderful way to end "Decade Week". We enjoyed dressing up, beginning with 1960 clothes on Monday and ending with dressing in 1990's outfits on Thursday. Friday, of course, was Blue and Gold day -- and students demonstrated their school loyalty in a major way. As students filled the bleachers for the birthday party Friday, a sea of blue and gold met the eyes. What fun!!
Christian education is vital to the fabric of America. Through Christian schools, a strong sense of patriotism and loyalty is taught. Although we recognize the issues we face in this country, we still know that we live in the greatest country on this earth. Christian schools are dedicated to teaching young people to love God, family and country. TBS plans to partner with parents in providing an education with a Biblical worldview for many years to come.
Happy Birthday, TBS!!
TBS Celebrates 50 Years of Christian Education!
The 50 Year Celebration Kick-off proved to be a very special event as approximately 230 TBS fans gathered to celebrate all God has accomplished through the ministry of the school since 1960. Guests enjoyed fellowship and finger foods as many re-united with old friends and shared stories of days gone by.
TBS current and past faculty and staff enjoyed visiting with their "grown up" students, while other guests met friends of TBS for the first time. Jim Olson, current School Board President, shared his family's rich history with TBS: Jim's dad helped build the first TBS school building, Jim graduated from TBHS as well as his three sons, and currently has grandchildren attending TBS! Several other TBS alums shared best memories to the delight of the guests. It was more than fun!!
I was thrilled to be able to share the vision of TBS looking forward, and to encourage our guests to pray with us as we continue to accomplish all God has in His heart for us. We are now looking forward to several more 50 Year Celebration events throughout the spring, culminating in our Anniversary Dinner on October 15th!
Equipping Students With a Biblical World View
I am a fan of Jeff Myers, a man who is passionate about equipping Christian young people with a Biblical world view. Recently I read an article by Jeff entitled, "College: Are Parents Getting Their Money's Worth? Are They Getting 'More' Than They Bargained For?" Jeff talked about the two million students that head to college each fall. He states, "A recent study confirms what many parents have long suspected, that going to most colleges can make kids forget the things that are important and embrace values that are counter to what they learned growing up."
It challenged me to reflect back on the many seniors I have seen go off to college. Some have held strong through the onslaught of humanistic teaching; most attribute that to a continuing mentoring relationship with strong adult believers. Too many have questioned their faith, joined the party scene, decided to live for now, and ended up with many regrets.
At TBS we are equipping our students with a Biblical world view. In every class, teachers challenge students to make faith in Jesus Christ their own, and require them to think about the subject matter and current issues in relationship to the truth of God's Word. It is our hope that students will continue their Christian education at a university where they will be further trained to impact their world for Christ.