Dear CPCA Family:
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in the U.S., the situation seems to change hour by hour. Our regular pace of life has been interrupted causing anxiety, stress, exhaustion and fear. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to lift the spirit of America during the great depression, he said: “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” With so many conflicting messages vying for “air time”, it can be very unsettling and confusing.
In times like these, our best course of action is to turn to the word of God for direction. In 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, Paul shares how he endured suffering.
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. Paul was transparent about his tribulations. He wrote that he was “under great pressure, far beyond his ability endure so that he despaired of life itself” and even “felt that he had receive the sentence of death.” Perhaps we haven’t reached this point, but some in our families are feeling worried.
We all experience tough times that stretch us beyond our limits. God wants to teach us to stop leaning on our own understanding and rely on him. These uncertain times can exhaust us emotionally, physically and spiritually. Nevertheless, we can count on God’s lovingkindness and faithfulness towards His people. Paul emphasized, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” God is faithful and always provides a way out so that we can stand up under every trial we face (2 Cor. 10:13).
As Paul appealed to the churches to pray for him, we ask for prayer that God will grant us wisdom as we deal with COVID-19, so that we use the many opportunities we have to share the Prince of Peace with those who lack peace, share hope, encourage, love and protect one another.
As the situation changes by the hour, we are monitoring all government and Department of Education sources to stay updated and activating contingency plans to ensure that our children continue to stay on schedule in completing their work. We ask that you communicate with your teachers when you have questions or concerns.
We are in this together. I believe that God can use these trying times as a way to strengthen the partnership we enjoy and even improve the methods we use to do ministry in ways we cannot imagine. Thank you for your support and prayers. Please let us know how we can be of help to your family. Our office number is (305)559-9409.
In His Care,
A Christian education at an ACSI member school will help your child grow spiritually, academically, and culturally. In fact, the recent Cardus Education Survey and other education studies show that ACSI schools better develop the whole child than any other type of school.
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1. ACSI schools have the greatest emphasis on student development of moral character and personal virtue.**
2. Christian school graduates are significantly more likely to pray and read Scripture both alone and with family.*
3. ACSI schools have the highest belief in biblical accuracy in scientific and historical matters.**
4. Christian school graduates are more likely to attend religious services and respect the authority of church leadership.*
5. ACSI schools most often include these among their top priorities: for students to have a close,
personal relationship with God and for students to develop a Christian worldview.**
1. Since 1974 ACSI schools have scored significantly higher than the national norm in every grade level on a national achievement test.
2. ACSI school students read at least one grade level above the national averages as measured on a national achievement test.
3. ACSI schools average more required course credits in math, science, English, biblical studies, civics, social studies, art and music, and physical education than all other programs surveyed.**
4. ACSI school graduates attend college at a significantly higher rate than the national average.
5. Christian school graduates are more likely to attend a religious university and obtain more years of higher education than their public school peers.*
1. Christian school graduates donate significantly more money to their churches, religious causes, and other charitable causes overall.*
2. A greater percentage of ACSI schools offer missions and social service trips both in the United States and Canada.**
3. Christian school graduates give more of their time to volunteer in their congregations, on missions trips, and on relief/aid trips.*
4. ACSI schools have greater student involvement in community service, politics, and fine arts than nonmember Protestant Christian schools.
5. Christian school graduates have a stronger sense of direction in their lives and are more confident in their ability to deal with life challenges than their peers.*
Note: These comments do not promise the quality of an individual school; they are
representative comments of ACSI schools as a whole. * Protestant Christian schools compared with Catholic, public, and private nonreligious schools
as well as homeschools.
** ACSI schools compared with other Protestant Christian schools and Catholic schools.
Sources: Cardus Education Survey, 2011, and ACSI 2010/2011 Member Survey.
See Upon a Solid Foundation: The ACSI Response to an Expansion Cardus Education Survey”.
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