"Not unto us, O LORD, but unto thy name give glory..." Psalm 115:1
As we near the ending of another school year, I must tell you that it has been a joyful adventure. Just daily interacting with over 280 students brings many blessings. Truly, each one is a unique, special creation of God. How grateful I am to share in their lives! Living in a shifting culture, guiding students to understand the times and keep a focus on following Jesus is a tremendous challenge. These realities cause us to seek innovative approaches in cultivating students to become strong Christian leaders. Witnessing the students' spiritual growth through interactive Bible classes that address relevant issues indicate their effectiveness. Enthusiasm for learning increases as additional technology which enhances the learning experience continues to be implemented. High performance in the various academic competitions provides opportunities for students to express their talents and abilities. Athletic accomplishments effect a strong camaraderie among the teams. Involvement in the newly organized middle and high school soccer teams has been great. Thank you, parents, for entrusting your students to our care. We are ever mindful of our mission to train students in a program of study, activity and living that is Christ-centered. Indeed, the Lord has been mindful of Eastland Christian School these many years and abundantly blessed our ministry.
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.