Destiny, Junior at Rehoboth
This Easter season, as we reflect on the new life given to us through Jesus’ sacrifice, we are challenged to look at the world through new eyes. This morning I was reminded of Jesus’ eyes as he journeyed toward the cross; full of sorrow and love, as he openly wept for the brokenness of the world and yet rejoiced in the beauty of all Creation. At Rehoboth, I see the damage of a sinful world and the need for new life and perspective.
I recently spoke with a student who has new eyes for Rehoboth Christian School. Destiny is a junior and in her first year at Rehoboth; the first in her family to attend. She told me of how she realized that she wanted so much more than what her former school could offer her. Destiny wants to become a doctor, yet she found herself in 10th grade classes that were not challenging her. Without putting forth much effort, her grades were outstanding – but deep down she had a sinking feeling that the easy path was going to hurt her in the long run. She decided that Rehoboth Christian School was a place where she could grow her faith, advance in her academics, and challenge her competitive spirit.
With great sacrifice, Destiny left her school – friends and teammates – to enroll at Rehoboth. This choice demands that she get up at 5:00 AM every morning in order to make the bus stop by 6:30 AM. It means that after sports practice and games, she often gets home after 8:00 PM to begin homework and doesn’t eat dinner until after 9:00 PM. Rising to meet these challenges, Destiny doesn’t regret a moment. She has endured real hardships in leaving a tight-knit reservation community to attend a distant Christian School. A natural athlete, she gave up varsity basketball as a part of the transfer to Rehoboth, but found new challenges and opportunities in the games of soccer and softball. Her favorite part of Rehoboth? “Chapel,” she says without hesitation. She loves to be able to worship God and be better equipped with His Word.
Watching Destiny’s transformation throughout this year has given me new eyes on the Kingdom work at Rehoboth. She embodies our vision for Rehoboth: to bring hope and opportunity to those who so greatly desire it. Jesus’ loving eyes are on Destiny and He has a plan for her.
Are your eyes on God’s children who have so much to offer but lack the opportunity? We often believe that there are few things that we can do to change the present or the future, but at Rehoboth Christian School, we know that through the Holy Spirit, we can change lives. After 110 years, Rehoboth’s mission is alive, and is as crucial today as it was in 1903. This is evident not only in families who have been apart of Rehoboth’s story for generations, but in those who, as Destiny, are just discovering the hope of a vigorously academic, beautifully diverse, and thoroughly Christian education.
We currently face a deficit of almost $260,000 this school year and need your gift today. Even though our expenses are under budget by 5%, the effects of the economy have hit Rehoboth from two sides – contributions are down by about $128,000 and tuition revenue is low, as the families we serve struggle to make ends meet with reduced incomes. Please consider how you can join us in changing lives for God’s Kingdom.
In Christ’s Humble Service,