Profile of a BCS Student
My Trip to Covenant Academy
by Madelyn Miller
Going to Covenant Academy in Cypress, TX was an amazing experience for me to see real work, real needs, and real people in action. It also helped me understand that we can show God’s love to everyone, even to people living in other states. We can still make a difference in the lives of others.
My sixth-grade teacher Mrs. Wybenga-Walters said to us, “I have a friend I did a missionary group with a while back, named Nancy, whose daughter goes to a small Christian school like ours outside of Houston, TX called Covenant Academy. Their school was flooded badly by Hurricane Harvey.” So, we decided to write letters of encouragement to them to help them get back on their feet.
We got to work on writing our letters to our new pen pals. The day we started our letters, it felt amazing that God was pointing us in the direction to help others even so far away. We also got an email from Nancy asking if we might be able to help replace books for her daughter’s 3rd grade classroom library. So, we gladly said yes. Our class gathered books that they had lost in the flood waters. I can’t imagine losing the books that we use daily in our classroom. I thought about how hard it must be for the students at Covenant Academy.
I was born in Texas, and my grandparents live very close to Covenant Academy. My mom made the connection, so we made a quick decision to fly to Texas to visit the school and deliver our pen pal letters and the books in person. It worked out perfectly! We stayed with my grandparents and headed for the school the next day. Driving to the school I saw the houses in my grand-parent’s neighborhood. I saw houses that were abandoned and that needed to be torn down, beat up houses, and people living in campers in their drive-ways. This made me realize how blessed we are to have homes that are standing; we’re blessed to not be living on the streets and to have a school to go to in the morning. Even though this hurricane was so long ago and so much has happened since, there are people still struggling to get back on top of things.
When I got to the school I didn’t know what to say. I was a little nervous to talk, but I knew that God would help me say something encouraging. I went to the third-grade class to deliver books, then to the fifth and sixth classrooms to deliver letters. When I stood in front of each class I related to the verse the Head Master kept saying, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fires you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2. After listening to the verse I felt much calmer. I told the students how much Bellevue Christian cared about them and we wanted them to feel God’s love from all the way in Washington State.
It felt so amazing to be an important part of God’s work. I could feel God’s love as I walked into those classrooms and when they opened their letters it was heartwarming to see the smiles on their faces. I loved being a part of this and hope that I can do something similar again to be a servant worker of God. I learned that even the smallest works from us can bring great joy to others. I was so proud to represent my class and the students at Bellevue Christian.