Who said lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place?
Just days following the news of Weatherford Christian School (WCS) receiving a gift of $250,000, the school was “blessed again,” said Head of Schools Courtney McKeown.
Last week, WCS was notified that a donor they had recently been in contact with had made the decision to give a generous gift of $100,000 toward the growth and expansion at the school’s secondary campus, located at 2300 Ranger Hwy.
“We are truly ecstatic with the gifts that have been recently received for this project and encouraged by the belief from others in what we are trying to accomplish at WCS,” said Director of Development Leslie Chalmers. “Building donor relations has been one of our main focuses over the last four years and we have put a tremendous amount of time and effort into developing those relationships.”
It was this time last year when a donor, not connected to the school in any way, donated three properties to WCS. School officials had no idea it was the beginning of so many blessings to come.
After a few days, a relative and executor of her estate, called to tell WSC about the gift. When they inquired about her connection to the school they said, "She just loved watching your kids play on the playground from her porch."
McKeown said that was a pivotal moment in the blessings seen at WCS.
Since last spring, the school has seen an increase of 35 percent in both growth and in new donations.
“All donations are a blessing and we are so very thankful for any item or monetary donation received,” McKeown said. “What is truly incredible is when the donor does not have a direct connection to the school other than our students blessing them - well, that’s a testimony in itself.”
She said the mission of WCS is to equip its students to become Christian leaders and servants so when they leave the school the will have the “intrinsic motivation” to serve others.
“In fulfilling our mission, we ask a lot of our families concerning donations,” McKeown said. “Each year, we sponsor many missions from Center of Hope to Samaritan's Purse to Mission Haiti. If we added up all donations given by our families over the course of a year to further our mission or to help us help others it would be mind boggling.”
She said it is “heartwarming” to see faith in action and not faith in discussion.
“I also appreciate the discrete manner in which so many of our gifts are given,” she added. “Our donors are constantly refusing our request to publicly thank them. They just want to give as God leads them in humble obedience, that is living out faith as God intended.”
This gift not only meets the project budget but will enable the private Christian school to build additional space needed because of the growth seen since last February. The educational wing will house students in fourth through eighth grades and is slated for completion in late spring of this year.
Since announcing the lead gift of $250,000 and with the most recent donations of $100,000, in six weeks the school has raised more than $680,000.