Rising above it
Foreign countries. World nations. However phrased, often times they seem unattached to our world. Watching the breaking news seems slightly unreal, even when seeing whole villages torn apart by a fluke tsunami, or lands leveled to dust by nuclear explosion. Nations are set apart by geography (obviously), culture, religions, economy, and especially governments. Some of the more prominent countries (i.e. China, Russia, North and South Korea, Mexico, etc.) are fortifying their governments and economies in their ambitions to become a world power, creating friction and fighting words (and warring nations).
Meanwhile, an unassuming group of students from a Christian school—local of South Florida, travel to a couple of these countries, hoping to spread their faith to those in need. Now I wonder, is there a balance between the conflictions and attempts at spiritual peace? In a world perspective, these attempts may seem visually nonexistent. After all, what does the saving of a few lives matter—a child in Mexico, a paralyzed man living in an Aids camp, or providing food for a hungry child in another part of the globe—compared to the lives of millions populating it?
The answer is quite simple. And this you will find in our cover feature entitled, “Notes from the Field…from Mexico with Love.” As you read this article, you will realize that while Calvary Christian Academy may not be able to reach the entire world with one or two mission trips a year, it’s a start …saving one heart at a time.
It is with that loving heart that our students are rising above their comfort zone to do what’s good and noble. And it’s a testament of how much the Junior Class has embraced our mission to “go and make disciples” and run with it.
As you browse through the News Section, you will note that while CCA is doing many things and going places, there are issues concerning foreign nations as they relate to the United States that we need to know about. Things that makes us think and realize we live in critical times that calls for everyone to be well informed.
On page 3, in our News section, read about one of Calvary’s annual outreaches—the Souper Bowl of Caring, and how our school didn’t have to cross the Atlantic Ocean to bless those less fortunate than us. As we’re talking about things on this side of the equator…
This year, for the first time, I’m pleased to say, a major honor was granted to the CCA Chorus. How major? Carnegie Hall invited us to perform there, along with four other high schools from around the country. As a prelude to that big night, our group got the chance to shine the light of Christ in the streets of New York City (page 12-13).
A love edition would not be complete without a Valentine’s Day coverage (page 16), with a special section showcasing Candy Grams, one of our seniors’ most important fundraisers of the year.
After you read this issue, look around, open your eyes and ears…and listen. Don’t miss the world’s efforts at war, versus our efforts at peace. Spiritual peace—one that fulfills long after our time here is done, and for an eternity afterwards.