Walking in Faith

May 24

It’s graduation time around the country, and North Dakota is no exception. Young men and women gather to celebrate their years of education with family and friends and look forward to the excitement of what lies ahead. The same is true in our household. Our daughter Stephanie graduates from Shiloh Christian School in a few days, and we’re very proud of her.

Ruth and I have been blessed with two beautiful, smart, God-fearing children. The primary reason is not what we have done as parents, but the grace of God. God gives us what we haven’t deserved or earned, and our children definitely fall into that category.

Stephanie has been blessed with so many talents and abilities. She has been recognized this year as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship program, one of two Shiloh students accepted into the North Dakota All State Choir, co-valedictorian, and many more honors.

Despite all these awards, there were two awards Stephanie received at prom that meant the most to me as her father. Seniors bestow awards on their fellow classmates in a number of key areas. Stephanie received two awards: humility and faith. I cannot express how happy I am that she received these particular awards from her peers.

I know for a fact that there are many other students in her graduating class whose faith and humility are hallmarks of their character, not unlike your children. I would ask you to encourage your children to use all their gifts to God’s glory and to continue walking in faith and humility in all things. It is what will sustain them as they travel the road of life that God has planned for them. May God richly bless you and your children as they seek His guidance for their lives.


Mark Jorritsma
President & Executive Director