A big thanks to Mr. Kyle Bruinooge, a teacher at Covenant Christian High School for putting together this wonderful bulletin board and sending us a picture. He stated that as his students passed through his classroom, many of them were unaware that there were so many Protestant Reformed schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. Many a bulletin board has been done showing where our churches or ministers are located, but this is the first I’ve seen of the locations of our schools. Well done, Mr. Bruinooge!
This moved me to consider how we can best make our children aware of our churches and schools. Children often view things very locally and yet the church is universal as we express in the Apostle’s Creed, “I believe in the holy catholic church”. Children often learn and understand through experience. As a child, I was blessed to experience visits to our churches in South Holland, Bethel, Pella, and Loveland. During my years in Young People’s, I became acquainted with the cities and follow believers in Redlands, Lynden, and Kalamazoo. Because of these visits, these places became tangible in my mind and I was more aware of them and the saints living there. Even as an adult, places and people still become more real when I visit them; this was my experience this past summer when visiting the Edmonton Family Conference with saints from Edmonton and Lacombe (it was a remarkable and blessed time–I highly recommend going the next time they host it). So here is my plug for parents: please, from time to time, plan your summer travel and vacations so that you and your children can visit and experience fellowship with the saints in other churches and schools so that they become real to them and they can better understand Revelation 7:9-10, “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.”