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Where is Your Treasure?

October 16, 2018
By Kristen Rhyne
Kristin Rhyne
Kristin Rhyne, Executive Director of
Westminster Ministries Foundation

In the next few days, our WCCS friends and family will be receiving letters from the school asking for support to the Annual Fund. In advance of this, we wanted to share a personal testimonial from former Westminster principal, former parent, current grandparent, and current board member, Kristen Rhyne. Whether it is giving to the WCCS Annual Fund or another worthy cause, we hope you will consider how generous God might be prompting you to be with the resources he has given you!

 

Money…Is there ever enough?  If we are honest, all of us struggle from time to time with this question.  When our finances are stretched, we ask ourselves “What is really important?”  That question is the starting point of any financial planning, so it is one all of us continually ask and answer.

There is a familiar verse I love that I often use when I speak to families, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21) Your decision to enroll your children at WCCS is evidence that Christian education is important to you.  Because of the significant financial investment, you thought about and prayed about that decision long and hard before you made it.

In 1978, 40 years ago, we enrolled our son in the first four-year-old program at Westminster Christian School.  This year, my oldest granddaughter will graduate from WCCS after 15 years of Christian education at WCCS.  Over time, children in our family have been enrolled for 61 school years!  I bet you are wondering WHY anyone would make that type of commitment over such a long period of time.  It must be REALLY IMPORTANT!

Davis Kids
My kids as Westminster students--Melissa, Joe, and Chris.

 

Boyd Kids
Grandchildren as WCCS students--Joanna, Thomas, and Madilee.

 

Parenting is not easy, and we can not do it alone. As a new believer, I understood the responsibility of teaching my children.  Deuteronomy 6:6-7 tell us:  “And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to yours sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”   God tells us to teach our children His way all the time.  Our time to accomplish this with them is short…and precious.

"God tells us to teach our children His way all the time.  Our time to accomplish this with them is short…and precious. "

 

God has entrusted these precious ones to us to raise for Him for His purposes.  The home, the school, and the church are three important legs of the stool that work together to teach the child what he needs to know to become all that God gifted him to be.  As the home, the school, and the church fulfill their vital roles, day in and day out, for the long term, they shape the child to fulfill the role God planned for him to play in His extraordinary story.

With that in mind, we can surely agree that Christian education is an important investment, one that pays eternal dividends!  Westminster Catawba Christian School “educates students to bless our world as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.”  It supports your role as parents to shape your children and your family for generations to come.  It only takes one generation for the family’s love for and commitment to Christ to be lost.  From that perspective, the financial investment is priceless. There truly is no greater treasure or joy than to know your children are walking in the truth. (3 John 1:4)

Did you know that the tuition and fees you pay only cover part of the cost of Christian education at WCCS?  It is only because of the Annual Fund that the cost is not greater!

So…why should you give to the WCCS Annual Fund?

  • The Annual Fund provides money for teachers and programs that expand opportunities for students to explore learning beyond the basics-- including the fine arts, sports, and other extracurricular activities.

  • We are blessed to be a blessing.  God has entrusted His resources to us to use to accomplish His plan and His purpose.  Christian education is a vital part of shaping future leaders for Kingdom purpose wherever they serve.

  • The Annual Fund allows you to make a difference for all our students as they experience the fullness of Christian education at WCCS. Your donations are crucial to making this opportunity possible to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community.

Now…I would love to talk to you personally and hear your story!  Soon after I retired God gave me another opportunity to share my experience as a Certified Financial Advisor ® and Certified Kingdom Advisor® in the role of Executive Director of Westminster Ministries Foundation. As I serve at the Foundation, I am privileged to chat with many folks to discover ways I can help them.  I love to share my passion for helping others live generously and explore ways to give back.  My door is always open, and I hope you will stop by any time, give me a call at 803-493-4498, or email me at krhyne@westminsterfoundation.com

In the meantime, I encourage you to consider where your treasure lies. Won’t you join me in supporting the WCCS Annual Fund?

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