Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Christmas Stars Challenge Brings Generous Support!

Thanks to a very generous donor putting forth a matching funds challenge for the month of December, DPCA was able to launch the Christmas Stars Challenge, a matching funds campaign running from December 1-31, 2013.  A display in the school foyer has been capturing the progress of the campaign, with a new star posted for each $1000 increase -$500 from supporters matched by $500 from the lead donor.

Having completed the totals for giving to the campaign for the month, it is exciting to report that supporters gave a total of $21,500 during the month, matched by an additional $21,500, for a Christmas Stars Challenge total of $43,000!

"We are deeply grateful for the support and encouragement last month," says Erik Ritschard, school administrator. "DPCA would literally not be able to continue in ministry without the encouragement, prayers, and financial gifts we receive from our friends, and we are so thankful for the generous and sacrificial gifts made on our behalf and for the sake of our work here."

A major financial need for the Academy each year is funding for financial aid for families who need help with school tuition.  Funds from the 2013 Christmas Stars Challenge will be used for financial aid support for families enrolled this school year.

The campaign in December was named the Christmas Stars Challenge with Philippians 2:15-16 in mind: "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life..."  (Philippians 2:15-16 NIV) It's quite a calling and high aspiration to strive for!  Those verses also capture a piece of our vision for our students and our staff team at DPCA: that as we work together we can challenge one another to do everything joyfully, to embrace our calling to be the children of God regardless of the prevailing winds of thought in the generation around us.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our friends who were part of the Christmas Stars Challenge and who gave so generously! 

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