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!



Board Update: Superintendent Search

Dear Maranatha Family, Faculty and Staff,

The Maranatha Board of Directors would like to update you on the upcoming search for a new Superintendent for Maranatha Christian Academy, the transition plan and ASCI accreditation.

The Board has used the last six weeks to meet with the faculty and staff, to update our Superintendent job description, and to research the current landscape of the position across the Christian education environment.

  • The Board is fully committed to identifying and trusting God to bring us a candidate that will fully embrace our mission statement and will keep Biblical integration at the forefront just as Mr. Schultze and Dr. Daugherty have faithfully done.
  • The Board is looking to identify a candidate that has a Master’s degree in Education or similar discipline, classroom experience and at least 5 years’ experience as the leader of a similarly sized Christian school.
  • The Board anticipates posting the job description opening by January 15th, 2017.
  • The Board anticipates communicating updates on this process every 45 days either through a letter, the MCA website and/or MCA office notes.

Transition Plan – The Board is working with Mr. Schultze on a transition plan to make sure the daily operations of the Superintendent role are documented well and will be easily handed off when the new Superintendent is hired and Mr. Schultze leaves July 31st, 2017.  This transition plan will focus on all aspects of the current Superintendent role.

Accreditation – After consultation with ACSI regional and national leadership and discussion with Mr. Schultze and the principals, the Board believes we are well positioned to go forward with the accreditation review this coming April. While ACSI is willing to provide an extension if the Board and Administration feel necessary, our desire is to honor the work that has been completed to date and proceed with the review.

Thank you for your prayers and support during this important time and process.


MCA Board of Directors


All Wrapped Up in the Christmas Story

I am not sure who still reads this blog as I have not been as consistent as I should in contributing.  I may just be journaling to help me express back to God what He has revealed to me this morning.

I have read or heard the Christmas story in Luke 2 read probably 100’s of times over my lifetime, yet God shows that His Word is alive, powerful, and new every morning to those who seek to know Him.  Here is what God gave me this morning:

…the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.  Luke 2:15-21

The shepherds heard and acted
They acted with urgency
They met the Savior
They responded by spreading the word
Mary treasured the words and the events
The shepherds glorified and praised God

My commentary on this passage – These few verses contain a recipe for true joy and building treasures in heaven:

Truly hear the Lord.
Act urgently in response to revealed knowledge.
Know the Saviour.
Share the Good News.
Treasure your relationship with Jesus.
Glorify and praise God.

We have completed a semester at MCA, and I believe our students have been encouraged and equipped to follow this recipe.  They will need more nurturing, cultivating and guidance from mature Christians.  Parents, that is our calling and you can do that especially during this Christmas break.  MCA will continue to partner with you through second semester.  Looking forward with hope in God.

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!)”