Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Reaping Everlasting Rewards

Chris Massengill (in blue), Collegedale Academy chaplain, baptizes Matthew Smith, one of three graduating seniors who dedicated their lives to Christ during graduation weekend.
Image attributed to: Steve Ericson
Chris Massengill (in blue), Collegedale Academy chaplain, baptizes Corey Rich, one of three graduating seniors who dedicated their lives to Christ during graduation weekend.
Image attributed to: Steve Ericson

At the conclusion of Collegedale Academy’s baccalaureate service on May 18, 2013, I sat back in my seat and enjoyed watching the 93 graduating seniors file out. What really made the service special were the three young men from CA who chose to be baptized. Graduation weekend is always exciting, but when you add three additional decisions for Jesus, it becomes extra special.  


The joyous celebration was a reminder to thank God for His guidance and direction through another school year. It was a moment to realize that all of the meetings, challenges, good times, and tough decisions during the year were well worth the results. It was a blessing to see spiritual and academic celebrations coming together.


Across conference schools, work is being done to prepare for August and the next school year. Rooms are being renovated, textbooks are being ordered, and technology upgrades are being installed. A lot is happening, but there is one other extremely important issue I’d like to draw attention to: A growing number of children need financial assistance if they are to continue in Adventist schools or enroll for the first time this coming year.


If you are a grandparent, can you help make sure your grandkids are in an Adventist school this fall?


If your children are grown and gone, can you give some money to your church or school for student aid?


If your church is not attached to a specific school, can you encourage your church to “adopt” and begin financially supporting a school in another conference community?


Regardless of your local school’s size, there will be students who need your financial help. Please give generously.



Written by Murray Cooper
Photos by Steve Ericson