Hello, dear families of Medina Christian Academy,
My name is Aaron Lee, and I’m a current student at MCA. I am 17 years old and was saved through the grace of God almost five years ago.
Being at this school has changed the way I live for Christ in a remarkable way as I strive to be closer to God, read my Bible daily, and pray. (Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”)
Before I came to know Christ, my life was pointless — without a purpose. I used to go to a Christian school in Brunswick. It was a small but nice school where I made many friends who were Christians. Each Wednesday, we had chapel — a pastor would preach the Gospel, and we would sing songs to praise God. But whenever the pastor, my teachers, or my friends mentioned the Bible, I didn’t understand … I hadn’t been saved yet.
After I completed fourth grade, the school closed [for lack of funds]. The next school year, I enrolled at MCA, where I met a bunch of new students and teachers. I kept pondering over and over again what it meant to know Christ and come to Him …
Until one day I decided to talk to Mr. Timco privately about surrendering my life to Jesus and allowing Him to be the Savior of my life. Both of us prayed, and suddenly I felt like a new person with a renewed spirit and mind. I wanted to jump up and yell Hallelujah!
Besides honoring God with my heart, soul, and mind, I also value academics as a necessity of each person’s path. Just as Winston Churchill stated, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” God wants us to work hard in school and in everything we do to honor and glorify him (Colossians 3:17). All the wonderful teachers at this school have made a huge academic impact on my life by not only educating me but also including scripture references in all subjects.
The spiritual aspect has made a huge impact on my life by helping me make the right decisions to hang around the right people. I am also inspired by the courage and persistence here to establish my connection with God [in chapel and in other ways].
I am honored to become a member of the Medina Christian Academy National Honor Society. Thank you for the nurturing encouragement and guidance from all my MCA teachers and schoolmates. The Lord has planned this wonderful opportunity for me to serve to help other people around me. (Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”)
Many people will ask me, “What does Jesus mean to you, Aaron?” I always tell them that nothing will ever change my firm belief in Christ even if I would die for my faith. Just as my ninth-grade Bible teacher, Mr. Johnson, taught me, I cherish Romans 8:38-39 still today: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Through my relationship with Jesus, I have grown firmer in my belief and have discovered my purpose. MCA is a loving family to me and my friends. My classmates are my brothers and sisters in Christ. Their love and respect for me bring me sunshine every day. My teachers listen to me patiently in my troubled times. Their care for me lights up my heart!
What an inspiration to see up close how your prayers and support for MCA are impacting young lives like Aaron’s day in and day out! May God bless you for being part of every student’s journey to finding hope and purpose in their relationship with Him.