In accordance with Romans 13:1, we are complying with the government mandates and recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety and well-being of our students is our utmost concern. We have suspended meeting together during our usual days until safety concerns have been relieved. Our instructors continue to prepare and provide weekly lesson plans and assignments and some classes will be held in a combination of online teaching, video lessons, and phone conferences.
It is a huge blessing that for this entire year we have been working in a homeschool hybrid model. Students have already been homeschooling two days each week and learning to work independently and for a higher purpose. While panic and despair are settling in across the nation, we are finding peace and hope in our training model. See the recent article in The Federalist titled "Coronavirus School Closures Show the Value of Hybrid Homeschools" for more info.
We encourage our students to do what they can to “look to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4) in any way possible. We hear of our students writing letters, making phone calls (on a REAL phone!), aiding with sewing projects, making necessary deliveries, praying for others, and more.
This is the time when our training is tested. This unprecedented time is when we show that we truly believe in freedom through sacrifice. We believe that whoever wishes to lead must first be a servant. We see more clearly than ever that a job well done is its own reward. Most importantly, and most difficult, we are not to be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6-7).
There is no replacement for our sweet community or the care of the teachers for their students. On the other hand, there is also no replacement for the precious extra time that our students are able to have with their families right now and the opportunity to rise up and become stronger and more faithful as a product of these difficult circumstances.
May God bless and keep our communities and families as we trust in him. (Romans 8:28, Psalm 34:10)