The past couple of weeks our Class of 2021 seniors have taken time off to partner with the Santiam Canyon Rebuild Coalition Shed Project. This community of pastors and volunteers (mostly retired) has welcomed the energy and strength our students are providing. This project seeks to help families who have lost their homes during the fall wildfires. A shed constructed on their lot allows them to safely secure needed supplies and belongings as they continue the rebuilding process. Materials for the sheds have been purchased through the giving of the CCS community, and the labor as well!
It has been a core value of our school to keep the main thing of discipleship the main thing. When students are encouraged (required) to skip school and other activities often viewed as top priorities, in order to be strategically deployed into the world around them, their faith built in the home, the church, and the classroom quickly grows into a faith that students own. This authentic faith is a faith that flourishes independent of changing circumstances, and is always seeking God’s will to direct and drive decisions.
During years with no pandemic, every Crosshill high school student participates in a weekly mission trip either locally or abroad. These trips expose students to experiences outside of their local community and require them to learn and practice engagement with new people. Students are often given the opportunity to practice meeting physical needs as an invitation to potentially share how Jesus fulfills all of our needs.
Most of the adults helping host our seniors on these recent workdays have been so impressed with their eagerness to serve, maturity, and responsibility. We often express our mission of discipleship training through the phrase “discover, develop, deploy”. Just as Jesus practiced with his disciples, complete training progresses through instruction, practice, and application. Our prayer for the graduating class of 2021, along with the next decade of graduating classes, is that Jesus would live in them and through them in exciting ways beyond graduation!