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in a student's own words: from pointless to purpose

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!

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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.

the wonder of christmas

By Joe Timco

You know that amazing sense of wonder all kids have when they are little? 

Our youngest son, Jackson, is four, and we all love how he jumps for joy over the first snow, stands in awe of the night stars in a velvet sky, and even gets excited about orange popsicles. Our older boys are in high school and are equally captivated by the pure joy that Jackson has. 

Christmas is truly a season of wonder, and our hearts ache to capture a piece of that. Our family tradition is to read Luke 2 on Christmas Eve and reflect on that extraordinary Nativity Night.

Every once in a while, we get an opportunity to peek into the magnitude of His glory. Have you read about the planetary event coming up? Only occurring every 800 years, Jupiter and Saturn will line up in the night sky and appear to look like a very large star.  

And the timing is exquisite …

We will be able to witness it Christmas week! Melanie and I cannot wait to see Jackson’s reaction to seeing such brilliance in the winter sky, while we also get to experience the intricacies of the universe God set into motion.

During this holy time of preparing our hearts for the celebration of Christ’s birth, we all long to experience the wonder that the shepherds experienced. Author Meg Bucher points out that: 

The audience God chose was “significant; a detail Luke undoubtedly held close to his heart. Night-watch shepherds were the most undesirable class of people, and perfectly represented what Jesus came to accomplish. Here, a heavenly choir of angels, singing to lowly, undeserving shepherds. We know from Scripture that each one of us has been created for a purpose, but only through Jesus can our lives bring ‘Glory to God in the highest.’ Jesus Himself came to glorify His Father in heaven, by walking out God’s purpose for His earthly life.”

Watching God work at MCA has left us all inspired. He has blessed this community with a mission — to train and grow our children as disciples of Christ … to support academic excellence and develop their gifts to impact our community and world for Him. 

So what’s next? We are working to unite the campuses into one school community for His glory. He has been growing and developing our community for His mission. This is a blessing. Since March, we have had more than 100 new students enroll. So many new hearts for His Kingdom!

“Courage isn’t about knowing the path, it’s about taking the first step.” 

—Katie Majors Davis

Our community must become one to fulfill this calling. 

  • Please pray for us. Imagine the sound in heaven if every family prayed for this mission? 160 families … all 344 students … their extended family.
  • Let’s serve together — let’s be the hands and feet of His mission.
  • Give for continued growth.
  • Talk to us.

God has a plan for His community. He loves each and every family and child of MCA. It is an amazing blessing and mission … and we are here to celebrate and worship Him.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1-3). And “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (verse 14).

He chose us. He was the light of life we needed. From Him, we have received grace upon grace. Jesus Himself came to glorify God.

Let us welcome Him, worship Him, and thank Him for choosing us, loving us, and for what He really is. And let fill your heart be filled with gratitude and joy today for our King of Kings!

“Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.”

—C.S. Lewis

MCA: not just a school but a family

Angeline Labrado isn’t just connected to Medina Christian Academy as a parent since her children attend the school …

Or because she is a fifth-grade teacher and staff member …

She’s also a committed financial supporter of MCA’s Living in Faith, Leading the Future campaign!

“I give to MCA because as a staff member and a parent of two in the school, I see the school’s mission played out every day. My class went from 14 in my homeroom last year to 22 this year. The school is growing and thriving, and we have clearly outgrown our space [at First Baptist Church].” 

Angeline sees the impact firsthand of coming alongside families in educating and discipling the next generation: “Fifth grade is a great year for students as they start their road to being independent. Spiritually, they start to get more in tune with who God has made them and how He is pursuing them. I have seen students grow in a personal relationship with God and in their prayer life as they start to pray for each other. They then take this home and have the chance to influence their family and friends.”

In addition, she says, “MCA is not just a school but truly is a family. My daughters and I were new to the MCA family last year, and we were welcomed with open arms. The staff has come alongside me and my family and have supported us, surrounded us with prayer, and encouraged us. I have also witnessed countless times in my two years here staff being the hands and feet of Jesus to serve, support, and encourage other families.”

As we look toward starting a new year of continuing this mission of helping students discover their God-given gifts and flourish in this Christ-centered environment, please join us in our commitment to Living in Faith, Leading the Future. Thank you!

a legacy of impact

Russell and Cassie McAllister are passionate about the mission and vision of Medina Christian Academy …

And it started when they themselves were attending MCA as high-schoolers. They met as teenagers here, eventually got married, and their children now attend and are experiencing the same excellence Russell and Cassie did!

“One thing we loved about MCA was how you weren’t just another student to the teachers; they truly cared about you as a person and wanted you to be successful,” Cassie tells us. 

“What was most important was that God and prayer were the center of the school. My husband and I decided that we wanted that same experience for our children. Russell and I formed close, lasting friendships at MCA — much different from the public school system. The friends we made didn’t just care about the superficial things — they also cared about your soul 

“My first week there, a friend I had met knew that it was important to introduce me to Jesus Christ as my Savior, which was not like anything I had ever experienced before! I will always be eternally grateful to have met that friend who cared enough about me to make sure my future was secure, not just here but in heaven, too!”

The McAllisters know personally about the difference the school’s relationship-centered environment makes for young minds and hearts.

We want our kids to be able to be a part of a school where prayer and God were embraced, not ignored … while also sharing the same wonderful experiences we had at MCA. [This is a school that] impacts the community by helping children grow not just academically, but also spiritually, which in turn positively impacts everyone around them!”

Cassie concludes: “Russell and I have been very impressed with everyone at MCA, especially our son and daughter’s teachers. We believe that they aren’t just educating them each day, but also teaching life lessons — and that shows they truly care for our children.”

And we do! MCA staff members seek to intentionally disciple children through every stage of development. We know and love God, and we seek to glorify Him through serving our students.

Thank you for helping us make God front and center while our students study His Word and His world. 

tax-wise giving strategies before 12/31/20

December 31st will be here soon … and with it comes your last opportunity to support MCA’s Living in Faith, Leading the Future campaign in 2020! 

Four tax-wise, year-end strategies you may want to consider:

  1. A gift of appreciated securities — like stocks or mutual funds that have increased in value — is one way to avoid capital gains tax on the donated security as long as it has been held for more than one year. This strategy will also help reduce your taxable income because of the itemized charitable deduction.
  2. Giving from an established Donor Advised Fund (DAF) may be an advantageous option, as it allows you to claim a charitable deduction in the year you contribute to the DAF while making donations to a nonprofit like MCA over time.
  3. If you are 70½ years of age or older, you can use Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) to make direct donations to a charity out of your IRA. This type of distribution can be counted toward satisfying the annual Required Minimum Distribution from an IRA … the amount donated via the QCD is excluded from your income (which helps lower taxes and provides other benefits) … and you do not have to itemize deductions to utilize this strategy.
  4. And cash gifts of up to $300 made in 2020 will be deductible for individuals when they file their taxes in 2021 even if they don’t itemize on their tax returns thanks to the CARES Act passed earlier this year.

If you’re considering your end-of-year giving options, please talk with your financial advisor about these and other strategies that will allow you to make the most impact — both for students at Medina Christian Academy AND your own tax benefits. 

You can also contact Joe Timco at jtimco@mcaschool.net or 330-725-3227 if you are interested in giving through one of these creative strategies.

Thank you!

Join us in seeing tomorrow’s leaders educated in a Christ-centered environment as they pursue their own paths of loving God and loving others.

Your generous gift to Medina Christian Academy by December 31st ensures a living curriculum for the next generation and beyond.

God bless you for living in faith and leading the future with us. Happy New Year!

Join us in seeing young people — tomorrow’s leaders — educated in a Christ-centered environment as they pursue their own paths of loving God and loving others.

Your generous gift to Medina Christian Academy today ensures a living curriculum for the next generation and beyond.

God bless you for living in faith and leading the future with us!