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Teaching Children to Be Humbly Grateful

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  by Carolyn Sherrod The Thanksgiving and Christmas season is upon us and we are reminded of our need to teach our children the virtue of gratitude. A few years ago, at a Thanksgiving celebration, our church’s children’s choir sang a song about gratitude. Using a play on words, the title itself spoke a clear message, “Are You Humbly Grateful, or Grumbly Hateful?” The lyrics of the chorus asked: Are you humbly grateful, or grumbly hateful? What’s your attitude? Do you grumble and groan or let it be known you’re grateful for all God’s done for you? Which one are you? Which one are you? Let’s face it! We all have known both adults and children who fit into either of these categories. Perhaps you resonate with the question, “which one are you?” We all would want to be known as being humbly grateful, and that we are raising our children to be humbly grateful. But instead, another kind of pandemic is currently sweeping our culture - a lack of thankfulness, a sense of entitlement, and an unhe

One Family

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Little did we know what God had planned for our family when our children started attending Tree of Life in 2005. Our boys, Kyle ‘09 and Colin ‘11, were both on the soccer team where the coaches and players welcomed them with open arms. Right away, lifelong friendships started to form. Kaitlyn ‘16 was also welcomed by teachers and staff at the Indianola campus. Everyone was so friendly and accepting of our family! We came to love Tree of Life like our family. I started working for Tree at the Indianola campus and then later transferred to Northridge in the athletic office. We were very involved with sports, as our children played soccer, baseball, softball and cheer. Our roots at Tree of Life were growing deep. My husband, Bill, joined the board and is still serving today.  In August 2015 we found out just how deep our relationships were when I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was the beginning of Kaitlyn’s senior year. Her senior class, teachers, and staff rallied aroun

LifeGroups

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  “They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 Through weekly life groups, students benefit from a more intimate and intentional small group setting similar to the Acts 2 church, under the leadership of staff, with a focus on discipleship. We want to challenge the students to think through the issues of their world from a biblical perspective. In a world of ever-changing opinion and perspective, we try to encourage students to apply the truth of scripture in the topics discussed; how to live in a healthy community, how to be respectful of other people's opinions, how to be sympathetic with others, influences of social media, and various other topics have allowed our students to have hard conversations in a healthy environment. Groups are divided by grade levels and over the course of time they take on their own personalities. Fellowship happens through group competitions, games and contests, group t

LifeCare - Connecting students with spiritual, emotional, social, and physical care

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  LifeCare Several years ago, Tree of Life leadership realized that as the emotional healthcare needs in our culture were growing, our students were bringing additional needs with them to school. It became clear that these needs were having an impact on students’ ability to function well during the school day. With this in mind, the LifeCare office was formed.   LifeCare provides spiritual, emotional, social, and physical care to the Tree of Life community as we walk together towards Jesus. Each situation is handled individually according to the needs of the students, families, and staff involved. This includes everything from helping students navigate friendship issues, to walking alongside families through life’s most difficult crises. There are many desired spiritual outcomes when supporting students as they struggle, as well as facilitating them to do their academic work to the best of their ability.    The LifeCare office at Northridge is a comfortable space where students can oft

Students From Around the World

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  In 2004, Tree of Life issued its first international F1 visa, and since then has been blessed to have dozens of students from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Top students come to Tree of Life to complete high school, in hopes of being admitted to a competitive university. Studying in the US provides an advantage of extracurriculars and a different academic system than in their home country. Students work hard to learn English prior to leaving their home country, then continue learning English as they also learn all academic content in a second language.  The international program is a unique mission field within the school community, as most students do not come from Christian families, but agree to take Bible classes and attend church. God brings students to Tree of Life so that they can hear the Gospel and take the message back to their home country, often in “closed” countries or regions.  The program is complementary to the diversity that already exists within the Tree c

Hispanic Heritage Month Fun Facts!

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Did you know that: *Worldwide there are over 500 million Spanish speakers, and Spanish is the official language in 20 countries *Hispanic immigrants helped build the transcontinental railroad in the 1800's *US pop culture has been impacted by Hispanics in music, sports, government, literature, and food! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month September 15-October 15                           

Celebrating Faithfulness - Sept 2021

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  Student enrollment grew 22% this school year from 2020-21, an unexpected blessing as we continue to provide Christ-centered and student-focused education, in a time when many Christian schools are forced to close their doors.  However, with the current economic situation that many are facing, there has been an unprecedented need for financial assistance, which has almost tripled over the last year. God provided another surprise for us, with a shower of unexpected gifts. One gift of $20,000 was from a foundation out-of-state. The only connection the donor had to Tree was through a relative who is a student. As the leadership thanked God, and continued to pray about helping meet the needs of all of families that requested help to attend or stay at Tree, the Lord continued to provide more gifts: an unexpected stock gift this summer from a family that is part of the Tree community, a gift from an alumni parent for the Stay Together Fund, and a gift from a family that was blessed by other