Reflecting on the emerging generation and the present culture, the story of David, the young shepherd boy, when facing the giant Goliath, comes to mind. Although ridiculed, David accepted the challenge, believing the Lord God would help him.
"Is there not a cause?"
(1 Samuel 17:29)
Today, there are "giants" we face in Christian education. The cyberspace world, with all its good, cannot fully satisfy the hearts of our children and youth. Unquestionably, the capacity to reason and form meaningful relationships is lacking. It is impossible to meet relationship needs through technology. As educators, our focus is to "fill that gap". We have a unique opportunity to "connect" with each individual student. Their hearts are open, and we must respond. The example we set before them is critical. Example is more impacting than precept. Our lives must show that we understand and genuinely care for them.
We must make certain that students are grounded in the Word of God. We must encourage them to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and look unto Him. We must prepare students to overcome the "giants" that ridicule our God.
Our utmost desire is that students along with the E.C.S. staff can respond to David's question by replying:
"Yes, there is a cause."
This is the Eastland difference -- "the difference that lasts a lifetime."
Chelsea Pilarski, 2010 grad and valedictorian, is serving a four month mission internship in Great Britain. A student at Crown Bible College, Knoxville, TN, Chelsea will be gaining "hands-on" experience in a foreign country. Majoring in Math and English, Chelsea's desire now is to enter full time Christian service. While in England, she will participate in various ministries: evangelism, teen rallies, children's Bible clubs, Bible teaching, discipleship and music groups. As well, Chelsea will have the opportunity to visit important Christian heritage sites.
Taylor Pigman, 2011 grad and honor student, is a junior at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, pursuing a degree in journalism and mass communication with a minor in marketing. While at Samford, Taylor has served as Director of Social Programming for the university's Panhellenic Council and Vice-President of Samford's PRSSA chapter, as well as a successful internship with the City of Orlando's Department of Communications and Neighborhood Relations. This semester Taylor will be studying abroad and interning in London. Taylor credits her achievements and opportunities to Jesus Christ and thanks Eastland and her parents for providing her a strong academic and spiritual background that has given her these incredible opportunities.