Parent Letter - 5/19/23
Dear Parents and Families of RCS,
In Ephesians, chapter 6, Paul talks about putting on the full armor of God, but why? When I read it, I picture a warrior gearing up for battle as he assembles his protective gear in preparation for war. Paul tells us in verse 11 that we do this to “take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” He points out that our struggle (fight) is not against flesh and blood but rather against authorities and powers of this dark world as well as spiritual forces in the heavenly realms (v. 12). Our battle should not be against each other, even though we don’t always see everything eye to eye. The armor of God is designed to protect us, but the most important part of it is the sword of the Spirit or God’s Word. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, he didn’t just cower to Satan’s schemes with the hopes that he would go away. Instead, He went on the offensive against the enemy, speaking truth from God’s Word to overcome lies. For too long, Christians have sat back in silence or fear, hoping God would rise up on their behalf. But, my dear brothers and sisters, it is time for us, the followers of Christ, to gear up, take up the Word of God, and go on the offensive for Christ against the enemy of our souls. As we do that, we need to be mindful to pick up those fellow soldiers beaten down by the enemy and carry them to a place of rest and healing. We will see a true revival, and God moves if we “…pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18).
The transformation of the gym continues as repairs of damaged flooring and sanding of existing wood are being done. I am super excited for you all to see the final product when they are finished. If you are considering a tax-deductible donation to this awesome project or would like to share the link with family and friends, go here to access the GoFundMe page. Please be in prayer for this and the many other upcoming summer projects, as well as the mission teams coming on campus this summer.
Please be in prayer for focus and strength for our teachers and students as final exams begin in the coming days. Only one week remains until the year ends and summer officially begins!! I am praying for safety and rest for you and your family in the coming weeks as you enjoy a well-deserved time of refreshing and fellowship this summer. Thank you all for your support and partnership in this ministry!
Bill Sharp, M.Ed.
Head of School