The Benefits of a Christian Education
The Livingstone Adventist Academy kindergarten student made his way to the principal’s office hurriedly, as he was on a mission. He had heard the principal talking to a teacher about the school’s needing money. His concern was evident on his face and his walk showed determination. Jon Dickerson, the principal was not in his office, but the kindergartner talked to the school secretary Simona Cardwell. He handed her a $1 bill and told her it was for Mr. Dickerson, because he needed money for the school.
No wonder Jesus said in Matthew 18:3, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus had a special love for children. Why do we have Seventh-day Adventist Christian schools when they are so costly? The following bits of information will answer that important question.
Six students just finished their Bible study class at Portland Adventist Elementary School and they will be baptized. Each year kids are baptized because of Bible studies and the Bible classes they have experienced at our Or egon Conference schools. At this same school the students raised over $2,000 in the “Pennies for Patients” a Leukemia fund drive. Rivergate Adventist Christian School (pictured at left) raised over $1,000 for Haiti last week and this will be sent to ADRA. Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School raised $803.11 for the same cause. These are just examples of giving that takes place at our schools.
Each year one or more non-Adventist families that have placed their student(s) in one of our schools make the life changing decision for their family to get baptized and become Seventh-day Adventists. Each year many parents with Adventist backgrounds, who have attended our schools in the past, enroll their kids in one of our schools. When they do this they make a second important decision--to attend church once again.
The kids in our schools believe in the Gospel Commission and bring others to Jesus in so many ways. Our students are active in community outreach. They assist the elderly in home projects, they put together gift baskets at Christmas, they bring Christian music to care facilities for the elderly and they pray with people. Students speak in our churches on Sabbath and they reach fellow students in their respective schools as Week of Prayer speakers. More than 100 kids go on school sponsored mission trips each year. Two Portland Adventist Academy students wrote devotional books for their senior project that are outstanding. I could go on and on, but let the scriptures speak to us.
In Mark 10:13-14 it says, “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” In these extremely difficult economic times the words of Jesus ring true to our mission for Adventist education.