Yesterday Tryphena started her 1st grade at Fresno Christian Schools. We had a convocation in the morning to kick-off the new school year with prayers, praise, and a welcoming speech the the superintendent Debbie Siebert. What a great way to start a new year!
The theme for this year is taken from Philippians 1:27 “Only let your manner of life be worthyof the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel…”
We hope that we as parents made the wise decision to send Tryphena there, even though at times it seems foolish to spend so much every month on tuition while we can send her to a public school for practically next to nothing. Last Thursday we attended an orientation for new parents, and Principal Bennett who had spent a great amount of time in public schools highlighted the mission of Fresno Christian. Some of his points resonated with me, “….we are not afraid to teach our students how this nation was built. It was built based on Christian values, a view that is not popular in public school.” He also said, “….we teach our students that God created the world and everything that’s in it. They don’t teach this truth at public school. They only mentioned, ‘there’s a theory out there’. Here we teach the Biblical truth, but we also tell our students, ‘there’s a theory out there.’ ”
“We relate everything we teach with the Biblical teaching. When we teach reading and literature, we relate the story and analyze it from the Christian values. When we teach Math we remind our students these truths come from God.”
her there however, will place her in the “hallway”, to borrow C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” where she will interact and be exposed to different stripes of Christianity. We will need to prepare her to walk out from the comfort of Reformed room and interact with others in the hallway. The praise environment during the convocation yesterday was so foreign to her. Luckily, however, it was not as cheesy as this video 🙂