THE NEXT THIRTY YEARS
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18
Tri-City Christian Academy’s Thirty-Year Anniversary celebration weekend has now concluded, and it was a great success from start to finish. It seemed as if our Heavenly Father was confirming His blessing upon us at every moment. From the glorious weather all three days, to the unparalleled financial success of the Pastor Clark First Memorial Golf Tournament, God was smiling upon our work.
Personally, I haven’t decided if our first thirty years seems like a long time or a short time. There are a few days when our work seems like a slow, tough slog, but mostly I have a sense of time racing by us. Or maybe it’s more like us racing through time. The events of last October, when we said goodbye to Pastor Clark, made our time on earth seem very brief.
TCCA’s first thirty years can be compared to the initial launching of a space craft. The greater part of the vehicle’s fuel is consumed simply by the launch, and then the craft is able to actually fly its intended mission after the difficult launch stage is complete. (That’s why space engineers are planning future, more distant planetary exploration missions to be launched from earth orbit rather than from earth.) Our first thirty years have been like that initial launching. They have required great expenditures of our energies and resources, but now we’ve been finally positioned to actually do what TCCA has been designed to do.
And what is that? What has TCCA been designed to do? Our students who bow their knee every day as they receive the Great Commission at the conclusion of Matins might be able to answer this question. We’re commanded to disciple the nations. This ultimately is TCCA’s assigned task – a task shared with the rest of the Christian Church.
In a few years, TCCA will be welcoming, teaching, and serving students and families of all nations. And then these students will move on, back to their homelands or perhaps to other lands as they pursue their callings, and they will take what they’ve learned at TCCA with them.
What will they learn while they are at TCCA? Many things, but mostly they will learn of a Savior-King Who loves them and graciously provides His Covenant Law as a guide for their lives. That has been and will remain the foundation of TCCA’s Mission. They’ll learn to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
The next thirty years will be our finest years. I love dreaming about TCCA’s future. I see more buildings, properties, dedicated faculty personnel, expanded programs, the faces of many happy students, and so much more. But mostly I see nations.
Paul T. Edgar