August 18 is the opening date for the 2014-15 school year. Commencing a new school year, this scripture always comes to mind: "Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord..." Psalm 127:3. What a heartwarming thought! The Lord God has entrusted us with the children (His heritage) who will fill the classrooms of Eastland Christian School this school year. How will we "care" for His precious heritage? As Christian educators ours is a "heart" work. The hearts of the students are open, and we must respond. In this culture, example is more impacting than precepts. Students are watching us and they must see:
* We care about the "heart" of each child.
* We acknowledge that each student is uniquely special.
* We challenge them to become skillful in God's wisdom and knowledge.
* We resolve to love, nurture and develop the potential of each student.
We can influence students to become tomorrow's leaders--to shape the future for the Lord Jesus Christ by living lives of "true religion" before them.
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.