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FIRST-YEAR (2017) PARENTS - JUSTIN & AMANDA STOCKE (Children grades K, 3rd, and 6th)
How have you seen your kids grow or thrive in your first semester at Park Christian School? Our kids took a giant leap of faith when transitioning to a new environment, new friends, and a new routine. Honestly, as parents, we were much more worried about this transition than our kids were. They were ready! It’s refreshing to see them grow in daily responsibilities and voluntarily get involved with things like Band, Cheer Team, Skate Nights, Shakey Wednesday, fundraising, and more. Their drive to be an impactful part of PCS is something we weren’t expecting, and we’re not going to slow them down!
How did the Lord move you to overcome doubts or obstacles in coming to Park Christian School? Sometimes we want to know God’s plans quicker than He is ready to reveal them. We have been prayerfully waiting years for God to reveal his plan for our kids’ education. God answered our prayer with an unexpected employment opportunity that simultaneously prompted a school change and new financial resources to make the PCS change possible. God’s desire for our kids to attend Park Christian was beyond clear!
What advice do you have for other families considering Park Christian School? While we faithfully (eagerly) waited, we talked to friends about Park, attended PCS events as observers, and even hired a few PCS girls to babysit! We got to know the school, students, and staff so when right time came, we were ready. My advice to others is to patiently do the same. “But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.” (Isaiah 40:31)
How has your family been blessed at Park Christian School?We were drawn to Park Christian because we wanted our children to be encouraged and prayed for, not expecting to receive that as well. Our first meeting with President Chris Nellermoe began in prayer, and the first thing he prayed for was our marriage! We did not see that coming. At our first parent-teacher conferences, we were prayed for again! Every staff member we’ve come in contact with shows the love of God not only to our three girls, but to us as parents. We’ve made many new friends, and our gracious welcome into the Park Christian Family makes us feel like we’ve been here for years. God has continued to show us that Park Christian was not only His plan for our kids, but our entire family.
FROM A PCS FAMILY
I just need to take a minute and tell you how very grateful we are to have the privilege to have our kids at Park. We really do feel like it is such a privilege and don't know why God's grace is so abundant to our family. It's so easy to fail to tell you, so that's why I am taking this minute to share this with you.
Our student went to the first class get-together this past Friday. When he came home and told us they played a game, carved pumpkins, sang, prayed and had an "encouragement circle", I just wondered at God's grace to us. How his mercy and goodness has seemingly pursued us and I am in awe.
Thank you. Thank our gracious, kind and merciful God.
LEROY AND BETH NEPSTAD
The first couple years, it didn't make sense in our budget to have three kids in private school, but God provided. The decision to switch schools really created unity for us as a couple," remembers Beth. "It was our first big step together for God." Both Leroy and Beth agree that God has been faithful in providing protection and growth for their business, energy for the commute, and most of all, amazing changes in their children.
Whether it's in the classroom or in one of the many activities offered at Park, "the focus is how do you do this task or activity and honor Christ through it," Leroy said. They both credit Park teachers with helping their kids develop the spiritual tools they need, to be respectful in their relationships, and to encourage other students in their studies. They have seen their children grow and flourish.
STEPH PORTER (Class of 2006)
My faith was first shaped through my years at Park and continued to take shape, grow, and develop at while attending college at Bethel University.
While at Bethel I began to pursue a career in medicine. My recent pursuits have taken me to the University of North Dakota medical School.
I am so grateful for the Biblical training I received at Park, from Kindergarten – 12th grade, as well as the lifelong friendships formed there. Teachers and peers partnered with my family and church to help lay a rock-solid foundation of faith in Christ.
NEW FAMILY IN 2013-14
"As we talked about the financial sacrifice of sending our children to PCS our overwhelming thoughts were not about the cost of doing it, but rather about the cost of not doing it. We as parents want to provide for them the best opportunity to know the Word of God and to live fully trusting in the work of Jesus Christ. We know that attendance at PCS is not an assurance for their salvation nor would not attending assure their destruction, but no amount of financial gain by not sending them would ever offset the hurt or burden we would feel if we watched them go astray. Not only is it an investment into the lives of our children, but also an investment into a world that is perishing without a hope in Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that all these things will help shape them into servants that will, by the Grace of God, boldly proclaim the truth about Jesus to a world that is dying without Him.
BRAD AND KAREN FIER (30 year Park Christian School family)
When asked, "How did you pay tuition for 30 years (with multiple students attending!)"?
We don't know, but God provides. When Sarah started in kindergarten in 1983 we made a commitment for one year – and then each year since.
Christian education for our children was a priority for us and God has been ever so faithful in supplying the income for tuition costs through Brad's engineering job and Karen's licensed child care in our home.
Before PCS had a high school, our children went to Moorhead High School after going to PCS through 8th grade. During parent-teacher conferences at the high school, the teachers were very complimentary about our children and told us that whatever we were doing, to just keep doing it. So, if we were asked if we had the opportunity to go back in time with the knowledge we have now, would we do it again? Without any doubt, the answer would be YES WE WOULD!"
Ally Lutz, Park Christian School then 7th grader, spent two weeks several summers back in Kenya at the Mattaw Children's Village, a village for 60 orphaned children.
Two year old Georgie lives in a Mattaw house with eleven other orphans and two house parents. Ally and Georgie developed a special bond quickly. He lit up with a smile whenever Ally walked into the room and would cry whenever she left the room. She held him and played with him, and in the process he worked his way into her heart in an unforgettable way.
Upon arriving home, Ally wanted to do more than just let the two weeks spent in Africa slide into her history bank. She wanted to continue to be involved with the children at the Village, and especially her little friend Georgie. Ally wanted to send money to support Georgie monthly. But how does a 7th grader go about consistently providing sponsorship money?
Ally had observed women in Kenya making paper bead necklaces and bracelets to sell. She wondered about making them in the states to help support Georgie. Her idea blossomed into reality when her mom helped her develop a website to sell her jewelry, bookmarks and ornaments. Working whatever days she can after school, and on weekends, with occasional help from two neighbors, the Lutz dining room has been converted to a production and mailing room, and orders are being filled and delivered.
Ally is using her time, energy and creativity to make a difference for the voiceless children in the Mattaw Children's Village in Kenya.
BETH GROSZ (Class of 2010)
I am currently a sophomore at North Dakota State University, where I am studying toward a dual degree in Social Work and Human Development & Family Science, with a minor in Psychology. I am hoping to graduate in May of 2014 and jump into the work force if that is where the Lord is leading me. My two majors offer many job opportunities after I graduate. My main focus and interest is children and I would love to work in an environment where I could be a social worker for young kids, possibly in a hospital setting.
Park Christian has played a large role in my life as I attended the school for thirteen years. Receiving my education in an environment that continually emphasized the importance of following wholeheartedly after the Lord has changed my life. The faculty and staff at Park set examples for me to follow as I was taught the truths of Scripture and was told of the impact that I can have on the world. The role that Park has played in my life has helped me shape a worldview focused on loving God and loving others, which has affected my college education, friendships, and life in general. Park Christian offers more than quality education, it assists students in thinking critically about what they believe and why, as well as encouraging students to make a difference for the Lord.
This upcoming summer I have a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals in Africa, specifically in the countries of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. I will be traveling to these countries during the months of June and July with an organization called Adventures in Missions, where I will be working with East African churches to bring the Good News to others. I am looking forward to the different ways the Lord will use me this summer, and to see how He will work in my life through this trip. Park Christian has been one of the most influential support systems in my life, as the faculty and staff have taught me what is truly important in life, and how we are living sacrifices for our Lord. My prayer is that the students who are currently at Park will be blessed by the school as much as I have been.
BJORN SOLBERG (Class of 2009)
My favorite memory at Park would have to be making a movie for Mr. Larson's history class with the guys in my class. We went out to Jake Nordick's grandpa's farm and shot the movie in two days. It was a great bonding time with all 9 of the guys in our class and we ended up making a 45 min. film about "Gettysburg". The next best memory would of course have to be playing basketball at Park. I loved all my teams and it was especially fun when we did well my senior year and the whole school rallied around us.
Park influenced me by helping me set good morals. It also taught me to care for everyone because of its close-community. The smaller environment at Park gave me awareness of what other people were going through, and it also helped me know that I had at least 300 people caring about me.
I attend Concordia College of Moorhead, MN with a major in Social Studies Secondary Education with a minor in Coaching (Basketball).
Park Christian School 10th grader, was awarded the privilege of presenting at the 2012 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). "It was like having thousands of geniuses walking around all under one roof and learning something new every minute; it was like attending school every minute of every day for seven days, it was like heaven." said Larson.
"Over 1,500 student presenters from over 70 countries and I was one of them." she continued.
Park Christian School 7th, 8th, and 10th graders participate in Science Fair.
ERIN (NORDICK) CASTAGNA
I attended Park Christian School from 4th grade through my senior year. Some of my best memories of Park were my first ones. Before I came to Park my parents were missionaries in the Philippines. We moved back to the States during the winter of 1995. It can be hard starting off in a new school right in the middle of the year, but my class and teacher made it a very smooth transition. Before we even got back to the States my future class wrote me letters and sent me pictures, welcoming me to their classroom. I still remember walking in the door and meeting my classmates for the first time! Not knowing then that I would build many close relationships during the next 8 years that would last a lifetime!
Park greatly influenced the path my life has taken! I grew up in a Christian home and was very involved in my church. In spite of all that I realized through a theology class just how much I still had to learn about the Bible and this great God we serve! Dr. Phil Brown's class opened my eyes to all there was to learn, so I decided to go to Bible School to spend some solid time studying the Word. I wanted to find out what I believed for myself and see if it was real in my own life, not just what my parents believed or the school I went to stood for. Turns out that decision to go to Bible school would lead me to my husband and down a path towards life in missions!
Matt and I got married during our second year of Bible School. God brought us together after 10 years apart! We knew each other as kids, his parents were missionaries in the Philippines as well. After we graduated Bible School we then went on to New Tribes Mission's second phase of training where we studied cross cultural ministry, linguistics and practical missionary skills. When we graduated we entered into a time of support raising as a family of four, Alaena (3) and Logan (1). We are excited to go back to the Philippines on August 30th! We will be a part of a team focused on church planting in unreached people groups. Our heart is to partner with the Filipino church by equipping, discipling and giving them tools to reach the unreached of their own country. It is an exciting ministry and we cannot wait to get there and start learning their language and culture!
I am so grateful to the Lord for using Park in such an important way in my life and pray that it will have the same impact in student's lives in the years to come!
BRITTANY (THOMPSON) AAKRE (Class of 2005)
I feel so blessed to have been a part of the Park Christian community from Kindergarten through graduation. I feel equally blessed for the opportunity to rejoin the Park Christian community as the Pre-K Teacher's Aide.
I have such an appreciation for Park for so many reasons. Park Christian gave me the opportunity to learn the Word of God through Bible stories and memorization. The things I learned as a child and teenager have stuck with me through the years. Park equipped me with the tools I needed to take a stand in this immoral world. I feel blessed to call Park Christian my second family. I was also blessed in the academic field through Park. I learned how to study and write papers. These skills helped carry me through my college years.
Following my time at Park Christian (class of 2005), I attended North Central Bible School for one year. I then graduated from MSUM in December 2008 with a degree in Communication Studies. I was married in 2009 to Nathan Aakre (Stephen/Argyle class of 2002). Nathan is a credit counselor at Family Life Credit Services. Following my college graduation, I spent time working as a Ministry Assistant for the children's pastor, Pastor Danny at First Assembly. I also opened my own cleaning business. I have enjoyed the journey the Lord has brought me on, and I am so grateful it has led me back to Park Christian.
It is so fun to look around and see that some of my former teachers are now my co-workers. It's amazing to see the commitment the Park staff has made to leading students closer to Christ and His purpose for their lives. It blesses me to see all the staff members and how dedicated they are to teaching the Word of God. God is certainly moving at Park in a tremendous way.
I just feel so honored to work with the Pre-K teachers and students. It has been so amazing to see young children learning Scripture and spending time practicing ‘loving God, and loving other.' I look at our students and just smile because God is definitely at work. He is and will continue to do great things through our students, and I get to be a part of it.
CASEY K. (4TH GRADE)
Casey discovered that some of her church friends didn't have snow pants. In North Dakota, kids without snow pants must stay on the side walk and watch all their friends play. And it's just plain cold! An extra pair of pants is essential in keeping the wind out.
Casey asked her mom if they could buy a pair of snow pants for her friend. Two days later, Casey asked her mom if she could give up some of her Christmas presents and instead receive money to purchase snow pants for Moorhead area children in need. This caused Casey's mom to hesitate for two reasons: one, what if Casey changed her mind, and two, this seemed like a daunting task. They prayed about it overnight and asked for God's wisdom and guidance. Casey remained as determined as ever, so they decided to make a call to a local school and see what the needs were.
The school counselor they contacted was over-joyed that a 9 year old was willing to give up some of her Christmas for kids she didn't even know. An e-mail was sent out to all the teachers and a list of needs compiled within the hour. Not only were there children without the luxury of snow pants, but several didn't have hats or gloves either.
Casey asked several relatives to forgo giving her a gift and to give money towards the snow clothes instead. Eager to go shopping, they went down the list and selected each item that the girl or boy needed with as much thought as if she was buying for herself. In the end, she bought 3 pairs of snow pants, 7 gloves and 5 hats. She and her mom delivered the clothes to the school the next day after praying over the clothes and asking God to bless the children receiving them.
Casey is not done however. She knows there are dozens of schools right here in the Fargo - Moorhead area with other children needing warmth of winter clothes and the love of Jesus demonstrated. Thank you, Casey, for being the hands and feet of Jesus, and for serving faithfully.
DREW (Class of 2004) AND TANYA (THOMPSON) (Class of 2004) MEYER
Since we graduated from Park Christian School we both attended college and received Bachelor's Degrees. Tanya received hers in Child Development and Family Science and Drew received his in Engineering. We now live in Bremerton, WA where Drew accepted a job as a Nuclear Engineer for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. While living in Washington we have also received our Ministry Credentials through Berean School of the Bible (Global University). We now serve as The Young Adults Pastors and Prayer Coordinators at our Church in Bremerton.
We are so thankful for our time at Park Christian. We both have stayed in contact with friends we made during our time there. We also have many memories related to the extra activities we were able to be a part of at Park. Sports, drama, music, etc. provided opportunities to be involved and stretched at the same time.
Plans for the next year:
We feel like God isn't finished with us yet here in Bremerton. We have seen God moving and want to be faithful to where he has called us in the next year. Eventually, we would like to pursue full time ministry and someday do full time missions.
Park Christian helped shape both of us in so many ways. We have amazing memories of the teachers we had over the years at Park and the investment they made into our lives. We also have made some lifelong friendships.
We had a baby boy named Brice Andrew on May 13, 2010. He has been an extreme blessing to our lives and we love him so much. We want to see him grow in the things of the Lord and serve Him with his whole heart. Having our son gives us a different perspective on how much the Lord must truly love us as His children.
On the way home from the varsity volleyball tournament, 1 of the 3 players in our car had her guitar and the 3 girls sang worship songs all the way home from Parkers Prairie. I am so thankful for a school that is training our children unto godly living and thinking in a world full of temptations and in spite of their own weaknesses!"
About a month and a half ago, I got the amazing experience to go on a medical missions trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. My mom, two cousins, and I got to give medical care to the Hondurans along with a team from Illinois and World Gospel Outreach. Throughout the week we saw about 2000 people. After they received medical care, we presented the Gospel to them. It was really cool to see 103 Hondurans come to Christ. I think that one very impacting experience was seeing a little girl named Monica. She was unconscious and needed medical care very badly. It didn't seem like her mother cared about her and that was very hard to see. We prayed for her and told her mom to take her to the doctor. Only God could work a miracle in her life. Just like everyone we saw that week, she needed God and His love. I would encourage you to pray for Monica and the people of Honduras to receive Christ. "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he has considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service." 1 Timothy 1:12
LAURA SIMONS (PCS Parent)
Laura read a book recently: 'The Penny' by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford. Amazon.com describes the book as follows: "Jenny Blake has a theory about life: big decisions often don't amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything. Her theory proves true the summer she's 14, when she makes the decision to pick up a penny embedded in asphalt and consequently ends up stopping a robbery, getting a job, and meeting someone who changes her life forever--Miss Shaw. Together they form a friendship that dares both of them to confront secrets in their pasts--secrets that threaten to destroy them. Jenny helps Miss Shaw open up to the community around her, while Miss Shaw teaches Jenny to meet even life's most painful challenges with confidence and faith. This unexpected relationship transforms them both in ways neither could have anticipated, and the ripple effect that begins that summer goes on to bring new life to the people around them, revealing how God works in the smallest details--even in something as small as THE PENNY."
The book proved to be an awesome reminder of God's interest in my personal life and His attention to seemingly unimportant details. I needed such reminders and God made sure I got them.
Now fast forward to Thursday, August 25th, back-to-school night at PCS. I am sitting with my daughter and husband in the Gym listening to President Hannestad when my daughter empties the "treat bag" she got from her teacher, Mrs. Kathy Johnson. I turn around as something shiny catches my eye.... It is a penny. Her teacher had put it in the bag as a reminder that they are all "valuable in God's eyes!" I was deeply moved because I believe God wanted to again remind me that Park Christian School is where we are supposed to be. What made Mrs. Johnson include a penny in that bag is unknown to me but what I do know is that God loves me and my family so much He led us to the best school in the Fargo/Moorhead area!
To the families having second thoughts about staying at PCS I pray that God will: give you evidence of His desire to have you be a part of this wonderful school family, build your faith in His ability to provide, and remove all doubts and thoughts of leaving this GREAT institution.
FORMER PCS PARENT
Our son's first response when he hears a siren is to pray for the people in need. I know he got that from his teachers at Park Christian."
The first time I had parent-teacher conferences, I had a parent say their child prayed for me each night at dinner. I welled up in tears knowing how special the parents and students are at PCS.
I love to have the students understand their faith maybe for the first time and to see them begin to make it their own in junior high. That's why I teach these kids. They want to know Jesus, and He is becoming real to them. All the stories and lessons in Christianity are clicking.
The privilege of attending Park Christian School is something that has molded me, changed me, and helped me to grow both academically and spiritually. The focus on Christ and my relationship to Him (and to others around me) being integrated with academic excellence sets Park apart, it not only prepares us for college and life, it prepares us for eternity.
At Park Christian, I take comfort in knowing that every day the teachers are praying for the students. It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart at our first parent/teacher conference when the teacher opened by pouring her heart out to Jesus for our son. It took my breath away.
As someone who has taught at other schools, I know that Park Christian has very high academic standards. I have complete confidence that when our son graduates from Park he will be prepared not only academically but spiritually.
THAN BAARDSON, UNSEEN MINISTRIES (Class of 2004)
Passionate, dedicated, artistic, visionary: all words that give a glimpse of the man behind the intriguing concept of Unseen Ministries. Than Baardson, 2004 Park Christian graduate, gives credit to his family and to Park for creating a solid foundation for life in ministry.
I'm so grateful now for the foundation I was given at Park," Baardson said. "The sacrifice my parents made to send me there was huge. Like most typical kids, I didn't know what I had while I was there, but I can appreciate it now. All I remember from school was that it was a blast. But the constant Christian influence was amazing.
We had devotions every morning with Mrs. Nesius in home room English—it set a standard," he recalled. "Other teachers encouraged me in my faith, and there was a daily reminder that prayer was important. I got to see godly people who cared for me spiritually and academically.
Not knowing what field he wanted to pursue after high school, Baardson opted to join the Air National Guard as a firefighter, and headed out that summer to basic training. "I got to see the other side of life in a real way," he recalled. "I had never been in a spiritual desert before. At basic, I was forced to make my faith real.
He came back to town, started college for journalism and film, and soon transferred to the multimedia department with the Guard. He also started his own video production company, called Bentwing Productions, and married a wonderful woman named Emma. But Baardson still had a passion to spread the gospel, help kids, and support missions, and when he shared that passion with friends, Unseen Ministries was born. "We are based in Fargo," he said, "but operating around the world. We are a team of artists, writers and designers that want to help ministries create ways to share their story with the world.
I've heard amazing ministries try to tell their stories to their donors and prayer partners without the proper resources or tools, so then the ministry suffers," he said. "We're working locally in the FM area, but we are also working in Asia with three ministries that are rescuing people from human trafficking, rescuing child soldiers, and helping children in orphanages. Over 30 groups in southeast Asia have requested our help.
Unseen Ministries is revealing the missions around the world that people don't know about yet," he summarized. "Our goal is to empower mission groups, to further their capacity for influence. As a non-profit, we can provide these ministries with the best marketing and video products at a reduced cost. It's only been six months, and we're booked to current capacity.
From "crazy kid" to committed adult, Than Baardson has a godly passion, a mission and the capacity to change the world. "There's nothing better than being used by God to do a meaningful work.
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I just wanted to thank all of you for a great time at your school last week at the volleyball game. Your athletes, students, and staff are all first class! I appreciated the prayer at the start of the game....what an awesome way to start. You should be so proud of your VB team and how they conducted themselves. My daughter, a senior, talked with some of your girls after the game.
Your girls told us that they appreciated the fact that we did not rub our victory in their faces and that they would be cheering us on as the underdogs in the next post season game. I told our coach and the other parents last night what your girls said and everyone was touched. So, thank you at Park Christian for being a fine example for the rest of the community. We appreciate you!
JADE BEAUCLAIR (Class of 2010)
Today, in an act of nostalgia, I visited the Park Christian website. As I was exploring, I found the school's "wish list". When I went over it, I was blown away by how many items on the list had the word "DONE" next to it, or "IN PROGRESS". God's faithfulness to Park Christian is incredible. It is inspiring to me to see how Park Christian has remained consecrated to the Lord, and focused on His will. I pray that never changes. I am SO blessed to have had the privilege of attending. I tell everyone I know how life-changing that experience was for me. I am so excited for Park Christian as it grows and wanted you to know how encouraged I was after reading about the abundance of blessings God has poured out on the school.
Several weeks ago I was approximately 3,222 miles away from home in the gorgeous country of Ecuador on a mission's trip. My time spent there was a life-changing experience! I spent many days at an orphanage in Shell, playing with the kids and helping build a school for them. I met many missionaries that have dedicated their entire life to the Lord in order to help further His kingdom. Time was also spent hearing about many ministries that are going on in Ecuador and how God is at work in the lives of so many Ecuadorian brothers and sisters in Christ!
God taught me so much in such a short period of time. He taught me what it means to serve Him wholeheartedly. He taught me what it means to love His people and the church. And most importantly, He taught me what it means to give generously of my time, talents, and gifts that He has blessed me with. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 says, "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."
On this mission's trip, God broke my heart for what breaks His and He opened my eyes to our lost and hurting world, yet our faith and hope can remain in Him and when we give back to Him and give Him all of the honor and glory that He deserves, He will richly bless us in return! Thanks to those of you that have prayed for me on this incredible experience.
During my time in Ecuador, I learned three things:
Through the abundant joy that the orphan children had, I was able to see God's beauty. Through all of God's glorious creation (mountains, waterfalls, rainforests, etc.) I was reminded of God's power. Through our experiences with the Ecuadorian people, I learned that God has a purpose for each of us. Not only did we help them, they helped us see how God is working both across the street and around the world.
ALEX AND LEXI MADLOM
As students of Park Christian School, they traveled to Mexico to help build a church. They joined a group of twenty-four others from St. Andrew Mission Society, West Fargo, on a mission to help the village of Cercado, Coahuila Mexico from February 23 – March 4, 2012.
After traversing icy roads in South Dakota, spending two days on a bus, arriving in the small mountain village in the Sierra Madres Mountains, the group worked alongside a local crew, laying a foundation and erecting walls to provide a place of worship for the community.
While there, they hosted daily Vacation Bible School and gave away donated items from North and South Dakota, and Minnesota, including quilts, health kits, shoes, school supplies in backpacks, and other items. The weeklong trip culminated in a carnival for the children where games were played and donated toys given as prizes. In this remote place, two cultures met to share God's love through a building project.
MRS. LYSNE, RETIRED
Mrs. Lysne (4th grade teacher) had her students complete a worksheet about John Wesley. Side history lesson: Did you know that John Wesley (alive in the 1700's) was raised in a home where he was taught about God and was blessed with a godly education, yet he was a minister and missionary for 8 years before coming to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ? It was through the Moravians that "he heard the truth that brought peace to his restless soul. Salvation could never be earned by works. Sinners are saved by faith in the blood of Christ alone."
After his conversion he began to preach with true inner zeal and passion and many came to Christ through his preaching. Eventually his entire family accepted the saving grace of Jesus Christ. In the end, John Wesley traveled all over England preaching the good news. During his lifetime, he preached 40,000 sermons and traveled over 225,000 miles. That's about 15 sermons a week and 5,000 miles a year, on horseback.
The smile in this story about PCS is that our students get to read and study about men like this and the difference Jesus makes in a person's life. The last question the children were asked to answer was: What big lesson does John Wesley learn in this story? One student's response, "John learns that good deeds cannot get you to heaven, the only thing that can get you to heaven is having Jesus Christ as your personal Savior." Each paper reflected a similar response. Mrs. Lysne had not told them this answer. They had read the story and come up with it themselves!
JACOB FLETCHER (Class of 2010)
It is hard to picture my life without the influence of Park Christian School. I came for kindergartenand didn't leave until graduation in May of 2010. Park helped me to grow in my relationship with Jesus through Biblical understanding and Christian community.
It has played an instrumental role in helping to make me the person I am today. I think it is important to remember that PCS did not make me a Christian. Mere attendance at this school did not guarantee that I would follow Christ with my life. But, it equipped me with the necessary tools to live a godly life and surrounded me with teachers and students who also wanted to grow closer to God.
From the time I started kindergarten I was constantly memorizing Scripture verses and studying passages from the Bible. This was not always exciting or fun (especially when we had to recite chapters at a time), but it has already proven worthwhile after a semester at Northwestern College. Numerous people have told me how lucky I am to have such a firm foundation in the truth. After completing college courses on the Old and New Testaments, I will never take for granted how much of that Biblical knowledge and understanding I had already attained because of my PCS background.
Another thing I will never take for granted is the Park Christian community. Every year I could always count on seeing the same teachers, coaches, students, and fans. Together we experienced the ups and downs of athletics, academics, and friendships. I am so thankful for teachers and coaches who cared about making a difference in my life. I was also very lucky to be a part of a basketball team with fans that loyally supported us no matter the outcome. The atmosphere for our football games at Northwestern doesn't quite add up to those Friday night rivalry games in the blue-floored gym.
I truly believe Park Christian School has equipped me to enter into a world that desperately needs to hear the message of Jesus Christ. I pray that PCS will continue to prepare the hearts and minds of students to live in such a way that honors Christ and makes a difference.
TWO PCS SENIORS
Two seniors shared a challenge to the junior and senior high PCS students during chapel. The chapel concluded with several choruses of "How Great is Our God", and the junior class surrounding the senior class and praying over them. This brought on hugs and tears and circles of students continuing to pray for each other. What a privilege to have our children nurtured and loved and challenged to grow in their walk with Jesus Christ, not only while at Park, but for life!
Later in the day, during classroom devotions, one of the high school teachers asked her students to comment on the chapel. A few of her students had recently visited a public high school to seek information about starting an extracurricular activity, and emphatically shared with the class that they are so thankful to be at Park. They were overwhelmed seeing what students have to deal with on a daily basis at other schools and were reminded very clearly the difference at Park. The difference is Jesus Christ! Praise God for student's hearts that see this difference, and want it, and appreciate it.
BENJAMIN CHARON (Class of 2008)
This winter, Private First Class Benjamin Charon graduated as the Guide of his platoon and was the Honor Graduate of 400 Marines, MCT, Camp Pendelton, CA.
Benjamin was a prayer team leader at boot camp and when asked how we could pray for him, he said, "Please pray for me to find other strong Christians my age." Will you pray for him?
We are proud of our alumni who are serving our country. If you know a PCS alumnus in the service, please contact the office.
Going to Honduras was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It was a great experience and a great way to serve the Hondurans and God at the same time.
Over 2,000 people received medical care and heard the gospel. There were 103 people, I believe, who accepted Christ as their Savior. Three families received concrete floors.
Describing this trip is like describing a rainbow to someone who has been blind their whole life. It was an amazing experience and I would very much like to go back soon.
THAN BAARDSON, UNSEEN MINISTRIES (Class of 2004)
Our region is home to some of the most interesting people in the world. It also attracts some of the most talented people from the world to work here. TEDx Fargo has tapped into this talent to bring us some of the most interesting and thought provoking citizens who have big ideas that need to be spread around the world. This is a direct quote from TEDxFargo website. Than Baardson, 2004 PCS alumnus, presented, June 21, 2012 for TEDx Fargo.
In March, the N.D. National Guard chose three of their best airmen to honor at the 2011 Outstanding Airmen of the Year banquet. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Baardson, 2004 PCS Alumnus was named Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. To view the video of Outstanding Airmen of the year winners click here. Than is the Executive Director of Unseen Ministries.
AMY ANFINRUD (Class of 2014)
I have been told that a mission trip would change my life but I never really understood that statement until I experienced it. This summer I went with a group from Hope and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We stayed at a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) site. The most impacting place I visited was Westhaven's Home for the Disabled. A boy came up to me, grabbed my hand, and took me for a walk. Suddenly, he fell to the ground, having a seizure. He would not let go of my hand, even for an hour after the seizure. It touched me to see him loving on others even when he was having trouble. I could see Christ in him and in the other children. They were happy and thankful for the little that they had. I would not trade what I experienced for anything in the world. I cannot wait to go back in two years.
MOLLY METZGER AND FATHER, TOOD METZGER
On November 26, my dad and I went to Haiti with Convoy of Hope for a few days. We stayed in the city of Port au Prince. We were able to go visit kids in three orphanages, one school, and we also went to a rural village and a rice farm. We handed out suckers and soccer balls to the kids. I also played soccer with kids from the rural village. Lastly we stopped at a rescue house for teenage girls.
This trip was special to me because it made me realize how fortunate and blessed I am. It also challenged me not to take things for granted and to be happy with what I have. My favorite part of the trip was spending time with the kids in the orphanages and school. I also enjoyed playing soccer with the kids from the village. I was able to buy bracelets and a necklace that were made by the girls at the rescue house. It was a really inspiring trip and I hope I can go back to Haiti again in the future.