“[The giving of our time and resources] is a very rich and beautiful activity. It is a confident, joyful, and hope-filled expression of ministry. In ministering to each other, each from the riches that he or she possesses, we work together for the full coming of God’s kingdom.”
– Henri Nouwen (2010)
Over the past year, I have been struck anew by the way God provides for the needs of this place through moving the hearts of His people. The Lord faithfully draws new families and students, and provides this school with quality, Christian staff to work with them. He nudges community members and partners beyond our walls to give time, physical assets, and financial resources to meet our needs and expand the ministry of Cedars Christian School in Prince George – and around the world!
Last weekend, we were amazed once again, by the outpouring of volunteerism around the clearing of land at the back of our property! Adults and children volunteering labor to process trees, machine operators volunteering time and gear to move earth, business owners and parents providing food and beverages, and much more! And yesterday, when our community received difficult news regarding the death of a parent – within hours, members of this community stepped up to volunteer meals and gifts to comfort and create grieving space for the family.
As we serve alongside one another, it brings joy to our hearts and gives us a taste of the “full coming of God’s kingdom” here, in this place.
It is a beautiful thing to see and experience.
If you remember back to your new family interview, you may recall the conversation about our annual “25 volunteer hours” requirement for each family. The rationale for this policy is typically framed in two ways: our need for volunteer help, and our desire to have families stay connected. Most of our families fulfill their 25 hour commitment…and some even donate hours to others!
In a recent review of our volunteer hours policy, our leadership team discussed the $250 fee we collect from families who do not complete their volunteer hours before the end of the year. To be honest, this extrinsic motivator does encourage some to be the good human beings we all want to be…but it is more punitive than we would like it to be. So, beginning this year, we will no longer be charging families who do not complete their 25 hours of volunteer time.
That said, we still need your help, still desire the connection that volunteering promotes, and still believe it to be something that brings joy to both the giver and those who benefit from the gift! So continue to volunteer, and continue logging your hours so we can celebrate this important value in our community!
FYI…the “fishbowl” is an affectionate reference to the window-clad office of our Principal 🙂