Looking into the faces of graduates from our academies in the Central California Conference (CCC) this year brings hope and optimism for the future. These young people and their teachers faced obstacles and challenges because of the pandemic, yet they endured. They are special, and each one of them needs our continued prayers and support as they move to fulfill their lifelong dreams and goals.
Again, look at each of the faces of the 103 graduates from our two senior academies (Mountain View and our boarding school at Monterey Bay) and the four K-12 Adventist academies (Armona, Bakersfield, Central Valley, and Fresno). Even if that face is covered with a mask, take time to pray for each one despite not knowing their name or circumstance. These young people are our future leaders and co-workers and will hopefully be used by God to hasten Christ’s coming. They “are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called [them] out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9, NKJV, emphasis added).
As Ellen White would urge, “Students, if you will watch and pray, and make earnest efforts in the right direction, you will be thoroughly imbued with the spirit of Christ.… If you will heed the instruction given in the word of God you may go forth with a development of intellectual and moral power that will cause even angels to rejoice, and God will joy over you with singing” (Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 103, emphasis added).
Isn’t that what we want for our students? Can you imagine how awesome it might be to hear God sing? Their teachers have had the tremendous privilege of watching the visible results of all the patient and persevering service of love they have given to these graduates over the years.
While congratulations are in order for this milestone in these graduates’ educational journey, it is now our turn to pray that each of them will be “developing characters that will make them noble and useful men and women, fitted to occupy positions of responsibility and trust—men and women who in the future will wield a power to hold in check evil influences and help in dispelling the moral darkness of the world” (Ellen G. White, Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 104).
By Deloris Trujillo