Hi, this is Frank Leyes, a grateful father of three children who attend Faith Christian School here in Roanoke, Virginia.
We began learning about Faith Christian and, in particular, an extraordinary day called Project Faith even before we relocated to the Roanoke area. We were living in Indianapolis at the time, and our kids were attending a classical Christian school there, and we’d been carefully prayerfully considering the right time for our move.
A friend sent me an article that described the amazing impact that this Project Faith Day had on the community and on the Faith Christian School family even before we had moved here. It’s a single day that is dedicated exclusively to community service where, through our efforts, we attempt to help ministries and other nonprofit organizations overcome the limitations that they might have due to their own budgets or their own manpower limitations.
That article that he sent to me is now seven years old. We’ve been in the Roanoke area, and our children have been attending Faith Christian for six years. This year, Project Faith will celebrate its 15th year. What is so special about this particular day is how it embodies what Faith Christian strives so diligently to instill in our young children today, and that is, a mind for truth, a heart for Christ and a will to serve.
Project Faith brings together the entire Faith Christian family, and when I say the entire family, I mean you’ll see children; you’ll see parents; you’ll see grandparents, teachers, administrators and community leaders, all coming together in the single day that is focused on service to others.
In previous years, we’ve served organizations like the Acts 2 Ministry which helps at-risk youth and families with after-school programs. We’ve also served Straight Street which is a place for single mothers and where there is a youth center with support of after school activities as well. We’ve also supported the Blue Ridge Women’s Center, Feeding America and other organizations. Over the last 15 years, over $1.8 million has been raised for Faith Christian School in the context of serving others in our community.
By the way, one of the things that I find particularly gratifying is that this year, when you see our young people pouring out their hearts into this community service project, you’ll see every age level from the lower grades all the way and up to the young men who have just won a national title in their varsity basketball program being very well grounded by understanding that success on the core is one thing, but significance in how we serve others is something even more important.
John F. Kennedy once said, Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. We believe that quote not only applies to a country but to a kingdom as well. This year, as we prepare for the 15th anniversary of Project Faith, we would ask for you to prayerfully consider how you might come alongside of us and partner as we try to instill in the next generation the understanding that all of the privileges that we sometimes take for granted also have accompanying responsibilities to serve others and to give back to the communities that also enrich and bless us.
You’ll find information at the end of this video on how you can participate and help support this vital effort. Thank you!