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Greetings, Calvary Family,
Well, that went fast. Calvary’s fiscal and academic year ended on June 30, so that means that we have begun a new year. God has carried us through so much in a short period of time. This past year has been marked by provision and blessing – in good times and in bad.
First, I thank you all for your incredible support as Calvary tackled several important transitions this past year. God has provided richly, and we have seen increases in enrollment and also financially. In fact, by God’s provision, it appears that we ended this past year in the black. Our numbers are tentative, and we won’t know for sure until we complete our annual audit, but God carried us in some extraordinary ways. Thank you for your part in that!
It is encouraging to see growth in so many areas, but certainly the most gratifying part of this entire past year was seeing the spiritual depth of our students and alumni at work in so many ways, even in times of tragedy. In this past week the Calvary family lost a brother and student, Kameron Wiebe to a tragic car accident. Kameron was a great spiritual encouragement to those around him, and hearing the testimonies of family, alumni, students, staff, and faculty at Kameron’s memorial service was a tremendous reminder of the urgency of our times and the faithfulness of God. We were challenged by Coach Sanders to “chase Kameron,” as he chased Christ (think 1 Corinthians 11:1). We can all be encouraged that God has prepared some incredible people in this next generation. Sometimes He takes them home far earlier than we would ever expect, but even then, we see His hand at work. Please be praying for Kameron’s family and loved ones. This is, of course, a very difficult time, but having heard their testimonies, we know that they are finding their strength in the Lord. We are encouraged by their faithful examples.
Seeing students lift up those around them, seeing graduates serving Him in new ministries, seeing staff and faculty labor so diligently, seeing the generosity and friendship of so many alumni all over the world – God is working mightily through the entire Calvary family, and it is breathtaking. Cathy, the girls and I are deeply grateful to be part of it.
So, as we begin a new year, we work diligently to be faithful stewards of every resource with which God has entrusted us. We remain firmly committed to fulfilling our mission, to “prepare Christians to live and serve in the church and in the world according to the Biblical worldview.” We want Calvary to be known globally as the place where people go to get outstanding Biblical training for life and service, and we are not standing still. We have many exciting new things to report, and I look forward to sharing those with you in the coming months.
As we look forward, we don’t know how much time we have been given, as God could call us home at any moment, so together, we simply want to make the most of the incredible opportunity God has given us, despite the evil times (Ephesians 5:16). We have much work to do, and we asked for your continued prayer, friendship and support. We can’t do it without you. May God bless you as you begin, with us, a new year in His service.