"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."  Proverbs 16:9

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."   Jeremiah 29:11

With these two Scriptural "cornerstones", the graduation evening of Cornerstone Presbyterian High School began its celebrations.  Fifteen beautiful young people were able to say that they had, with the help of their Christian teachers, leaders and parents, opened the next door to their future through a Christian education.

Guillermo Laib, who represented the graduation class, gave the Salutatorian Address which included thanks for a Christ-centered education where the love of Christ was demonstrated, where hard work was lauded and his experience of his class was like a family.  He encouraged his fellow classmates to be the best version of themselves, to be phenomenal and to continue working hard to be successful for the good of the Belizean country.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Fruits of Sacrifice 2 comments

"It could have been easy just to send my little sister and me to work," she said to her mother, who was sitting with the rest of us at Cornerstone Presbyterian High School's graduation ceremony.

"It could have been easy just to send us to work."

But her mother didn't.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wisdom and Encouragement from the Belizean Ministry of Education 0 comments

One of the most amazing experiences on the trip to Belize this far has been to hear the keynote address of Mr. Jahmor Lopez who is an inspector from the Ministry of Education.  He began his graduation address by telling the students that this day is is about you.  He asked them how do they open the doors to their lives?  

Mr. Lopez challenged them to continue to support each other and to lean on the God of heaven and the fruit of spirit.  He asked them to continue to lean on the values that they had learnt at their Cornerstone Presbyterian High School and to become lifelong learner who useeducation to change the world.

He encouraged each of the graduates to remember these 5 things:

  1. Set Goals.  Proverbs 5 ought to be read regularly.  A successful person means staying on the straight and narrow and being disciplined.
  2. Believe in yourself.  Know that you do not have to doubt, you are unique and special because your Creator made you.  In God's strength you can do amazing things.
  3. Remain Steadfast.  Door don't open by themselves.  It takes hard work and you must persevere.  Don't despair if you fail...successes were failures yesterday.  Build your character... nothing good in life is easy.  In Philippians we read that  I can do all things through Him who sent me.
  4. Surround yourself with positive people.  Avoid the haters.  Don't say that you can't...I am possible is the way not saying that things are impossible..  The haters are here.  Be cautious on and offline.  Be careful with social media
  5. Seek guidance.  Know God, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Ask...Seek ...knock. (Mark 9 Matthew 17) Nothing is impossible when you are seeking God!
It truly was an inspiration to hear a Ministry of Education official sharing this kind of faith with students of a Christian school.  The relationship between the MOE and the Presbyterian Christian schools continue to grow and be strong.
What a hope-filled evening of celebration!
Diane and Bill

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Strengthening Educational Leadership Blog First Contribution 0 comments

Hi friends and colleagues,

Bill DeJager and I are now in Belize in Orange Walk Town.  We had an interesting trip yesterday....running into thunderstorms in Miami so planes were diverted and rescheduled.  We landed 3-4 hours late but were able to travel the last part of the trip together.  Pastor Alvaro Pott, the General Manager of the Presbyterian Christian Schools of Belize met us at the airport and transported us to the northern part of Belize to Orange Walk Town.

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