I’m thankful for the community where we live and raise our children. It provides many options for safe, family fun, entertainment, and a comfortable life. But even in our very predictable, central Mississippi culture things are changing around us rapidly. I could cite multiple areas of concern throughout our country, we all could. But we may think that those issues only effect communities outside of the South, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Today in Mississippi, there are public and private schools teaching students as early as elementary that families can and should have many different appearances, including same gender parents. Unbiblical sex education is being shared at alarmingly young ages, and far too often eyes are turned away from truths that are simply too inconvenient to teach. And this is just one example.
As believers, you and I are called to raise our children to be salt and light in a world that desperately needs hope and truth. We are called to be Undeniably Different.
If our children are going to step into a calling to be a royal priesthood, a holy nation, to be the very people God uses to change the world around us, then we must resist a world that pushes sameness and equates it with acceptance. It is why when we began praying over the new expansion and renovation plan, that the leadership team felt prompted to title the campaign “Undeniably Different”. Because to us, these plans do not represent just buildings or new equipment. These plans represent a place where we can teach students to excel academically, learn the word of God diligently, and pursue a Godly life focused on serving others.
This project has been a faith step for all of us and I am so proud to share with you the ways God has provided! To date our team has raised $4.2 million of our $6 million goal. But did you know these gifts represent only 26% of our constituents? In order to meet our goal, we are counting on everyone to give. Our board is giving at 100% participation rate. Our school leaders and teachers are also giving. We are not asking everyone to give the same amount, but we are asking every Hartfield family to pray about making a gift to the capital campaign. I recently challenged our teachers to give and presented them with several examples. What if you give $8, or $16, or $83 a month? That equates to roughly $500, $1,000, or $5,000 over our five year giving period. Maybe this is a giving plan that could work for you or maybe you are capable and called to give more. We are grateful for whatever you are able to do.
The time to give is now. Later this month our leadership will be meeting to decide how much of this project we will be able to responsibly pursue. There will definitely be substantial improvements to our campus, but the degree and extent of that are being determined in the coming weeks. 100% parent participation will be the only way we will be able to complete the entire project.
Several weeks ago, our boys’ basketball team made an unbelievable run to a state championship. Our Hartfield family came together to cheer on our boys’ basketball team and outshined every other fan base in the state. If you were there, you know I am not exaggerating – it was remarkable. In that same spirit, it is time we come together to make this project a reality. It has been a blessing to see our school get to this point. Let’s finish this together!
If you want to learn more, there is one last Kickoff Event at the Fox Bay Clubhouse this Thursday night at 6:00 pm. If you and your family have prayerfully considered how you would like to support the capital campaign and are ready to give, you can do so by visiting Hartfield.org/undeniably-different.
God bless and Go Hawks!