God’s Handiwork at Work

God is the creator of all things, and He is honored when His creations bring honor to Him.  His creations in our art class took their creative talent – since they were made in His image – and went to the City Union Mission to minister to others of His treasured creation.  Here is what the director reported.

“Their Art I class came and gave a devotional entitled, “Don’t Worry, Beautiful” out of Proverbs and the Gospels and then did a craft with them.

Tremendous day!  The high schoolers led the devotional, sat at the table with our ladies and helped them with their crafts. They stayed and ate lunch and even cleaned up after themselves!!

Mark, please pass on to whomever about Ms. Williams’ class.  They were fantastic today.  And we have her scheduled to return in February to do this again!”

Well done!


Mrs. DeVos – Nominee for Secretary of Education

I read one online newspaper’s attack on Mrs. DeVos’s beliefs about Christian education, creation, and the role of government in schools.  That article makes me a big fan of Mrs. DeVos without reading anything else.  If she incites this much angst and bitterness from those against Christianity, I am a big fan.

But this is not a political post.  I want to use Mrs. DeVos as an example of the Vision of MCA.  No we cannot claim Mrs. DeVos as an alumna of MCA, but she can serve as an example of our position on the role of children in influencing the nation and world with the Gospel.  See our belief is that MCA should be a training ground to form young minds and hearts as disciples of Jesus who are progressing along the path toward full utilization of their skills, abilities and passions.  When you have young people who have matured into adults with the heart and mind of Jesus who leverage all that God has given them, then they can go into areas where the devil has laid claim such as Hollywood, science and education and seek to redeem them through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Then when they are attacked as Mrs. DeVos is being attacked, they are mature believers who can better weather the storms versus the tender shoots of youth.

May God raise up many valiant, noble, loving, courageous Christian world changers who will follow in Mrs. DeVos’s footsteps.

Zuniga – Voice of Democracy

I had the privilege to be at the Shawnee City Council meeting on Monday the 14th and hear Debra Zuniga, 11th grade , daughter of Mike and Carrie Zuniga, read her award winning essay for the VFW’s Voice of Democracy contest.  The theme of the contest this year is “My Responsibility to America.”  The national winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. and there are other prize amounts along the way.  Debra’s essay won the local VFW’s competition and now she will be entered for the regional competition.

The mayor of Shawnee heard Debra’s speech at the VFW and was so inspired by it, she asked Debra to come to the City Council meeting to read it again.  Debra was able to share her distinctly Christian and very patriotic essay with a jam packed room of Shawnee citizens.  What a great testimony of God’s work in Debra’s life!  God’s family, the Zuniga family and the MCA family were all wonderfully represented that night.

Family Events

One of the key parts of our school that I am thrilled with this year is the leadership of parents in seeking to build an ever growing community and family spirit at MCA.  Their involvement in the Dessert Social and Autumn Fest games helped make those event very successful in terms of attendance, fun and connection.

Next up is the Powder Puff Football game on November 3 at 4:30 on the MCA sports’ field on the South Campus.  With bounce houses, quality concessions and some good fun on the field, I encourage you to come out and make connections with other families who are journeying with you through this education process at MCA.

I am also delighted to have some parents step into leadership roles.  For example Shelley Redmond and Cori Oglesby are leading our Poinsettia Fundraiser that starts November 1 through November 15.   But these ladies are just examples as I could list all those leading our Parents In Prayer, New Family Shepherds, Bless Our Teachers and on and on.  We are so grateful for their leadership, service and enthusiasm for ministering to the MCA family in so many ways.

Especially for families with elementary students, I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to build friendships and start new ones at the Family Fun Fest on November 13th in the MCA gym.  It should be a great time of fun games, food and conversations.

A Pancake Breakfast on December 10th is the last family event this semester, and it should be a great time to sit down and eat with other families at MCA and thank God for His provisions, for what we remember during the Christmas season, and as we anticipate the new year.

So this post is a shout out to Angela Knight as the leader of MAP (Maranatha Association of Parents) and all of the parents who have engaged in helping MCA be a family that is connected to each other in a meaningful way.  MCA is so much better because of you.

Cross Country Character on Display

Thought I would share with you a note I received from the owner of the restaurant where the Cross Country team stopped to eat on their way to the Regional Cross Country meet.

“Good morning.

I had the privilege of meeting the cross country coach/kids/bus driver that stayed over in Seneca Kansas on their way to Washington for regionals.

I want to commend your coach (amy) and the rest of that group. They were very polite, respectful and just overall a wonderful group to wait on.

I got on your website today to see if I could see how they all placed yesterday (I told the kids I would check!)”

President John Adams and Family

Mark Hoduski, our Civics teacher, shared an excerpt from a book titled Descent from Glory.  The book is about John Adams, and this particular excerpt shares the travails of John and his wife Abigail in raising children.  In reading the excerpt, one thought comes to mind that there is nothing new under the sun.  They were concerned for their children in “such matters as slovenly dress, time wasted, sloppy penmanship.”  Education was also on their mind, “Abigail shrank from sending the children to public school, lest they be confronted by corrupting examples.”  Both Abigail and John worried about his long absences from the family and the lack of fatherly influence on the virtue of their children.

My encouragement to all of us as I read this passage is that we should not grow weary in well-doing.  Nor can we afford any carelessness in our decisions about the rearing of young people.  One character trait that seems to have gone out of style with parenting is the instilling of respect for our elders.  Our world does not encourage our young people to respect the wisdom of their elders.  To counter that we need to encourage that respect in the home and in our school.

The Adams’ were committed to teaching virtue before excellence to their children.  “Only after moral excellence had been implanted should the youngster’s desire to excel be encouraged.”  This is biblical and countercultural.  How are you doing with this in your home?  How are we doing with this in our school?

If we want to avoid the fiasco of character failure in future presidential candidates, we need to train the next generation of leaders to have character before they have power and success.

MCA Honored with Award

On September 27th, Mrs. Ensminger, 6th grade teacher, and Mrs. Watt, elementary and preschool principal, attended the City Union Mission Award luncheon at Fiorella’s Jack Stack in downtown Kansas City.  They were invited there to receive an award on MCA’s behalf for faithfully serving City Union Mission for 30 years.

The award was titled “Compassion for the Homeless Award 2016”.  MCA has faithfully given to City Union Mission through donations of time and resources.  . Maranatha has been contributing non-perishable food at Thanksgiving, new toys and gifts for its Christmas Store, and used clothing throughout the years, as well as hands and our hearts.  Students and parents have volunteered to fill and deliver Thanksgiving Baskets, and Christmas gift bags.  Our students develop compassion for those less fortunate than themselves as they prepare for and deliver collections of donated items, and serve with enthusiasm while performing odd jobs and helpful tasks which make light work for many.  Many hands make light work.  In so much as you do it for the least of these, you do it also for me.

What a tribute to the legacy of MCA to have faithfully trained and encouraged young people to see the importance of serving others!  I have visited the Mission while our 6th graders were serving and witnessed the joy and enthusiasm of their service.  We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with City Union Mission and appreciative of this recognition of many people – students, parents and faculty – who have given to the Mission.