Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Proud CVCA Alumnus

If you know me or have read my blog for long, you know that I am a proud alumnus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where I did both my undergraduate and graduate work. But I am also a very proud alumnus of my High School as well - Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (CVCA) in Stow, Ohio.

I was just looking through my CVCA alumni magazine that arrived and was more than impressed when I read how the students this year decided to make their Homecoming about others rather than themselves. They rented a much cheaper venue. The girls borrowed dresses rather than buying new ones. They even had a volunteer spa day the morning of the event at the school for the girls to get their hair and nails done. Then they took the money they saved on the venue along with the money they would have spent on new dresses and at the salon, and they gave all of that money to a young couple to pay for their expenses to adopt a baby from South Korea! How cool is that?

I attended CVCA my sophomore, junior and senior years. God used that time to confirm in my life my calling to be a pastor. I had felt God's calling to ministry since I was in Junior High School. During my Junior year of High School my pastor asked me to preach at our Easter Sunrise Service. I did and saw people make commitments for Christ that morning. I was sure at that point that this was my calling. I shared that with my Band Director at CVCA, a very special teacher named Don Bechtel. Mr B looked at me and said, "Scott, if there is anything else you would rather do than be a pastor, do it instead." I could honestly say that there was nothing else I wanted to do. And that is still the case today. The passion to lead a local church in reaching people for Christ still burns and grows within me.

So way to go CVCA! I am a proud alumnus (class of 1983)!

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