Caring is Sharing
Greetings Faithful Rhema Friends,
Let me begin by expressing our sincerest gratitude for your endless support of our beloved school. Without your prayers and financial support, we would not be where we are today. As you know, Rhema has gone through some extremely challenging seasons, and we could have never weathered those storms without you and the grace of our Father.
If you are familiar with the Chronicles of Narnia, then you will know the phrase, ‘Aslan is on the move.’ This is the exact feeling you get when you walk through the halls here at Rhema. God is doing something amazing. One of my favourite passages in the book of Isaiah is found in chapter 43. The prophet writes:
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
When I read these precious words, I see the history of Rhema Christian School. We have been through deep waters, we have felt the flames of oppression but we have never been overtaken. In the darkest of days, we have never been consumed, our God has been faithful!
Our 2021/2022 school year launched with great enthusiasm. We were incredibly grateful to be back in the building after ending our previous year with our third round of Rhema Online. We were overjoyed when the government green-lighted our ability to gather for assemblies as an entire student body because this meant we could relaunch Chapel, and relaunch is exactly what we did. Chapel at Rhema has become a highlight to our entire school, staff and students alike. Each Friday we come together as the church at Rhema to Rejoice, Worship and feast on the LORD.
I cannot adequately express what it feels like to be in the gym as our community lifts their hearts and voice in worshiping our glorious King. The excitement of being together in the presence of our Saviour is electrifying and hearts and minds are weekly being transformed. There is no doubt in my mind that Rhema is the place everyone should want their children to attend.
Making a financial ask is not something that comes easily to me. I appreciate that there are so many worthy causes, Kingdom causes out there that are in need of financial gifts, especially this time of year. Your email and mailboxes fill up with charities asking for your consideration as you manage your year-end giving.
I will try my best to articulate why I believe Rhema is a worthy place for you to invest your money.
Our need is great.
Our school is completely dependent on the generosity of non-tuition
paying individuals, like yourself to help Mind the Gap between the cost of education and the tuition families pay. In order to make up the financial difference throughout the school year, we run several fundraisers. Apple pie sales, a walk-a-thon, poinsettia sales, Caring and Sharing, with our biggest fundraiser being our spring Auction. Because of COVID-19 and safety protocols in place, we have been unable to run our biggest fundraiser for the past two school years.
Giving to Rhema is an investment in your future.
Our halls are filled with our future doctors, lawyers, teachers, principals, pastors, trades-people, and police officers. You name the profession and we have the future leader here in our midst. It is our responsibility to help develop and shape their Christian worldview so that when they become our next leaders, they too will lead us by building GOD’s Kingdom here and now.
New to our Caring is Sharing campaign this year we are adding an online extension using Giving Box. This will allow others to donate online by ‘purchasing’ a box they can afford.
As we move into the new year we will be launching a capital campaign to purchase new Chromebooks for our students. This purchase is over and above regular expenses for our general operating costs. Currently, our students are using hand-me-down Chromebooks that we received from the Kawartha Pine Ridge School board 5-6 years ago. Our computers are dying at an exceptional rate. With a growing student population, we are in need of 100 Chromebooks rather desperately.
Over the course of the next few weeks, our financial need is upwards of $100,000.
Our hope is to raise $60,000 through our Caring is Sharing and its Giving Box extension before the end of this calendar year.
The cost of replacing all of our student Chromebooks will be in the range of $40,000-45,000.
My ask to you is that you will prayerfully consider giving to our Caring is Sharing campaign over the next few weeks. Your investment no matter the size makes a direct difference in the lives of our students. I would also like to ask you to keep our up-and-coming Chromebook fundraiser in your prayers. We know we serve a GOD who is able and willing to supply all our needs.
It is my honour to pray a very special blessing over you and your family this Christmas season.
May the LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make HIS face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn HIS face toward you and give you peace.
Rev. Crystal Moore
Rhema Christian School