• Beauty, Truth, and Goodness

    As I was working with the upper school students at school on Tuesday, one of the girls assisted me in putting Dr. Smith’s room back together. We had been in this room before, boxing the books, covering the table, sanitizing the floor, and moving the fans to get the rooms to dry. Last Tuesday though, we were painstakingly taking our shoes off as we walked on the new floors so as to not track in sheet rock dust. We dusted the shelves, the Harkness table, and put things back in order. “It feels so good to make things beautiful again,” she said. And there you have it: a leader who values the need to bring beauty into the world. This young woman has worked tirelessly to create order out of chaos and she found great joy in the process.

    Later, another student noticed that some boxes fell over in one of the newly painted rooms. He was very concerned and came to get me. “Did the floor get scratched?” he asked as we picked up the contents. You read that correctly, a teenage boy’s first concern was whether a floor was scratched in one of his classrooms. Our students will forever be changed by the sense of ownership that they now have for their school.

    This morning our upper school students reflected on their role as squad leaders during the Alamo. We truly could not have managed without these squad leaders. They have been the big brothers and sisters of our grammar students and it has been an incredible blessing to watch them lead and others follow. Many said they have gained a new perspective on leadership. They’ve learned that leadership means taking care of others and doing what needs to be done, even when it’s hard. One student said that they had never experienced anything as challenging as leading their squad, even on missions trips. Another student said it made them proud when their squad was able to do things on their own because they had taught them. What a privilege it is to cultivate leadership in these young men and women!

    Harvey altered our plans but NOT our mission. Covenant Academy exists to serve Christ and His Kingdom, by sharing the gospel and partnering with parents to train students by way of Scripture and the classical liberal arts: To be discerning, articulate followers of Jesus Christ; To be leaders who are equipped to honor and defend truth, goodness and beauty.

  • Rainbows

    After the flood in Genesis 8, God sent a rainbow to remind Noah and his family of His love. He would bring beauty from the destruction of the flood. After being flooded by Hurricane Harvey, God has sent Covenant Academy many rainbows as well. Below are before and after pictures of our Kindergarten classroom as an example of one of God's rainbows. All of the rooms (except the modulars) will have this same flooring, trim and wall color. Hard to believe after all that water and dust, isn't it?

    There were several volunteers at the school today but the task was daunting and difficult. Just when they were feeling overwhelmed, a team of firefighters from California and other volunteers from Ohio joined with them to move our furniture into Patriot Hall for cleaning. Everything was moved in time for them to see Dr. Smith's "Remember the Alamo" at our alternate location. This kind of blessing has happened over and over again and it is such a gift to re-tell the countless ways that God is providing blessing amidst this challenge.

    Did you know that a school in Canada had a car wash to benefit our school? Did you know that an equipment company stopped by to loan us the use of a front end loader (to fill our dumpster) at no charge? Today I shared with the students that in the midst of all this, we also received a very generous donation of $100,000 to help us as we recover. The donor survived Hurricane Katrina and knows the challenges that we are facing and wanted to bless us. Isn't that incredible? I'm humbled by God's provision and grateful to see His hands and feet at work.

    God told Noah, "Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." (Genesis 9:16, NIV)

  • Reconstruction Begins!

    I'm happy to say that reconstruction will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 7! The construction crew will hang sheet rock in the most critical classrooms first so that we can get back to our campus as soon as possible. They will be working long days and even weekends to make this happen and I'm so very grateful! When we are able to get back on our campus they will work at night so that we can continue to make progress. Thank you again for your help and patience throughout this situation. We would not be able to start tomorrow were it not for your help! Harvey hit us hard but by God's grace we are stronger than this struggle and we'll get through this together.

    Our alternate location starting September 11 will be on the Northwest Forest Campus on Telge Road (between school and Jarvis). Cy-Hope has graciously offered the use of The Alamo and Hope Lodge for us to meet until we can get back to our own campus. You read that right, we will be having school in The Alamo! It's a full-scale replica of the original church where the famous battle took place and it provides a unique opportunity for us to be together as a community as we heal and move forward. I heard it said that our students will have a whole new understanding of the phrase, "Remember the Alamo!" Don't worry, we'll be sure to teach them the original meaning as well.

    Like all of you, Harvey has been a devastating blow for me and my family. Like you, my plans and priorities for the beginning of the school year were suddenly and swiftly wiped out by this disaster. I am reminding myself each and every moment that in Christ I am not defined by this disaster. I am defined by my identity in Christ and in Him I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). This flood is a moment in our lives and though it's not the moment I asked for, it's the one I was given. And so, like every thing else that God gives me, I must steward it well. That's what I will be focusing on: stewarding this moment, this crisis, this learning opportunity that God has given us in such a way that He says to us, "Well done good and faithful servants." God knows the plans He has for us, they are for hope and a future and they are often harder than we think we can bear, but He gives us more grace when we humble ourselves (James 4:6)

    I want reassure you that as I make decisions about our alternate campus time, I will be seeking to be faithful in my stewardship of this moment in our lives as well as remaining faithful to our academic goals and standards.

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