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Column: Time to 'Plant a Tree' at Worthington Christian School

By ANNETTE BOSMA, Worthington Christian School

WORTHINGTON — Students and staff at Worthington Christian School are excited to be anticipating the celebration of Christian Education during the week of April 22-25.

The theme for 2014 is “Plant a Tree” based on Genesis 21:33, “Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and there he called upon the name of the Lord, the Eternal God.” We can take this time to look back and observe the seeds that were planted so many years ago. There are the actual seeds some of which have grown into big beautiful trees that provide shade in the summer, beauty in the fall and show new life in the spring. They continue to give each and every year to the many people who see them, but quite often are not fully enjoyed by those who planted them. Just like those trees, it takes someone to plant the seed of God’s word in people’s hearts and in communities across the country, continent and the world.

Many generations ago and some more recent, people made sacrifices and leaps of faith to start Christian Schools — to plant that seed in our children and young adults. They wanted the next generation and the next and so on to experience education firmly rooted in God’s word. Through that, they can grow in their relationship with God and show the next generation what it means to sacrifice for someone else, so that they can experience the joy and love of God.

Our grandparents are some of those who made sacrifices to send their children to Christian schools. On April 25, we will celebrate their dedication to their grandchildren getting that same education. The students are so excited to welcome them to the hallways and classrooms of WCS.

My students recently told me their favorite parts of having their grandparents with them: “I get to show them the work that I do,” “I get to have them sit by me and they can see how hard I work,” “I get to have them help me with my school work” and “they take me out for lunch” — which seemed to be the most popular. Our students love their grandparents and having them around. The WCS community appreciates all the support from our grandparents.

Another generation that has shown its dedication for its own children to have Christian education is our moms, and we celebrate them April 23 on Muffins with Mom day. The students not only get to enjoy having their moms in the classroom and showing them around, but also get to enjoy a muffin with mom during morning break. My students shared that they love having Mom come visit because she gets to help them with their work, they get to spend time with just Mom, they get to see if Mom can do their work, and they get to share a muffin with Mom. Our WCS community is blessed to have wonderful moms who sacrifice a lot to have their students grow in their relationship with God by giving them Christian education.

On Thursday, April 24, the students will get a chance to share their talents that God has given them at their spring program. The third- and fourth-graders graders will be performing a couple of songs with their recorders for the first time in front of an audience. The Junior High band will be playing a few numbers it has learned for this special occasion. Finally, the fifth-graders will lead us in the production of “The Old Testament Fast Forward” with musical performances by the entire school. Through these performances, the students at WCS will be showing all those that attend that the sacrifices and dedication they have made are helping each one of our students grow in Christ.

As a parent, grandparent or supporter of Christian education, you may never see the “fruit” or “shade” of your planting that seed, but you are following the commands given by God in Psalm 78: “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of our Lord, his power and the wonders he has done.”

Take this command with you today and go out and plant a seed in our community.

Annette Bosma is the third-and fourth-grade teacher at Worthington Christian School.

Editor’s note: The Worthington Christian School column, “WCS marks 20 years at current Eleanor Street location,” that appeared in the March 28 Daily Globe was written by the school’s principal, Lori Eekhoff. The author’s name was listed incorrectly.