That is why, earlier this year, with our ever-expanding student body in National City, we began discussing with the El Cajon Seventh-day Adventist Church Board the possibility of expanding our ministry to serve the families of its members and the surrounding community. With a warm reception and an enthusiastic "green light," I began work on applying for a license for a new school. Historically, such a process can take months to complete, so I had not a minute to spare!
True to form, we were contacted by the County Department of Social Services regarding our application for licensure more than two months after applying. But that did not stop me from preparing part of the El Cajon church facility for opening day. Building a fenced-in play area for the children, hauling van-loads of toys and other supplies, and installing child-safety mechanisms in each of the classrooms and bathrooms were just a few of the things on my to-do list prior to our inspection. So, when our assigned case manager finally called, we were ready to go!
After a successful Open House event the following week, we were thrilled to enroll four precious children into our new program. While such a small number may discourage other school administrators, I am excited to see how God will guide and lead this new ministry because I have seen how He has blessed us before. I have faith He will use me and my staff to further His Kingdom through our efforts with these four children…and the next four…and the next four!
So as we move forward, I will renew my request for your continued prayer for this ministry and the lives we are touching through it. If you or someone you know has a child between the ages of 2 and 12 years whom you believe could benefit from our program in El Cajon or National City, please pass on our information as we would love to connect with each one. God bless.