Are you in the right story? This is a key question for life...
Dear Friend of PACA,
Are you in the right story?This is a key question for life. A question we present to our community here at Pan American Christian Academy. One of several complex questions that the 25 students from drama class wrestled with as they prepared and performed the challenging musical play “Into the Woods” before 200 plus attendees.
“Do you know what you wish? Are you certain what you wish is what you want?” sings Cinderella’s mother in the play. Cinderella’s mother asks this question as it applies to each of the characters in the play, and these questions ring true to the audience. What do we most wish for in life?Is what we wish actually what we most need? And the recurring question that comes with these two is: what choices should we make to pursue our wishes?
In the world we live in, we face answers to these questions that while well-intentioned leave us a little dissatisfied. Do what makes you happy. You choose your truth. You decide what’s good for you. At the darkest moment of the play, the central characters comfort each other with some of these very same words and claim that you are not alone in the confusing journey of deciding the right path.
These answers feel dissatisfying because we know ourselves too well--the characters even recognize this-- we make many mistakes in pursuing what we think we want. Often, we fail at fulfilling our desires, and when we achieve what we want we risk a different kind of failure: finding that what we’ve gained isn’t satisfying enough.
One assumption behind the question of what to pursue is that we write our own story and control our destiny, but the Christian narrative offers us a wholly different perspective. The Bible says that God has been writing his great work since the beginning, and while He made us to reflect Him in creative activity, we reject Him and His story in pursuit of our own. As the prophet Isaiah puts it: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
At the center of the Christian narrative God enters his own story to free us from the darkness we find ourselves in. He draws us into His story instead, where we find that our choices and our pursuits aren’t what define us, but rather our acknowledgment that He is the one and only perfect story-teller. By God’s grace and through confidence in His power, we are free to fail and succeed, to face great disappointments and even tragedy without fear that our story is “ruined” or “not enough.”
As one character considers her circumstances, she says “I’m in the wrong story.” Is it a story that places you at the center of wish-fulfilment? Or is it a story that frees you from a fear of failure because it’s center is God’s grace? Are you in the right story?
We thank you being a part of our PACA family. We ask that you keep praying over the school as we nurture hearts, develop minds and educate for eternity.
Have you heard the story of Alexandre? He comes from a hard-working, low-income family. His neighborhood friends shunned the crowded public schools – they only wanted to play soccer in the streets. They teased him because he studied for tests and focused on completing projects for school.
However, Alexandre and his family had a dream! They wanted to send their son to college but they knew it would be a challenge considering their limited resources. Fortunately through hard work, Alexandre was able to graduate from PACA and receive some generous scholarships.
His family’s wildest dream came true on August 2016, when Alexandre started attending Bryan College in the United States. He is currently focusing on a career in Exercise and Health Science.
We invite you to be part of our story of opening doors to new horizons to another generation of students! On September 26, you can participate in our first-ever 24-hour online “RaiseUP Giving Day.”
By visitinghttps://www.raiseupschool.org/PACA, alumni and friends like you can make a difference with a financial gift to PACA. With your help, we will advance the educational and spiritual excellence of Pan American Christian Academy, enabling students like Alexandre access greater opportunities in life.
Your gift will help us fuel our mission to change lives through quality education rooted in Biblical truth. Your generosity will be carefully invested into the lives of students.
We ask three things.Give. Ask. Pray. First, donate next Tuesday, September 26, by visiting https://www.raiseupschool.org/PACA. Secondly, ask at least one friend, an alumnus or former teacher, to join you in making a donation to PACA! Thirdly, pray because your prayers are essential.
PACA was important in my life because the students and faculty became my second family. Every teacher impacted my life in their own way. If I had to choose one, it would be Silvano (Senior Homeroom Teacher. Senior Bible Teacher, School Chaplain, Geography Teacher) because of his unique way of encouragement.
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Dear Friend of PACA,
Picture 104 high school students voluntarily participating in discipleship groups each week. These 54 young men and 50 young women are grouped by gender into 19 discipleship groups. An encouraging 96% of our high school students meet with PACA teachers once a week to share their faith, seek advice, and look for life’s answers in God’s word.
As we enter our 57 th years as an international, Christian school, we covet your prayers for God to empower us to fulfill our mission statement “to nurture and develop young people, through quality education rooted in Biblical truth, who impact their world through Christ.”
We cordially invite you to become a PACA Prayer Warrior and receive a periodic email update of PACA prayer requests by adding your name and email to our PACA Prayer Warrior email list.
Please pray for the potential of this generation to impact their world through Christ. Pray for their spiritual growth and transformation over the next 35 weeks of this school year. Please join us in continuing to intercede before the throne of grace on behalf of our dedicated teachers.
"The advantage of being in a Discipleship group is getting to build a strong relationship with your peers and also a teacher. Not only does your friendship grow, but so does your trust and your devotion for Christ."
Since 1960, PACA has served the local and international community of São Paulo as a Christian, American and Brazilian curriculum school. Our education integrates Biblical truth in all areas of instruction to guide the hearts and minds of our students and our academic program allows students to receive two diplomas, American and Brazilian, upon graduation which opens doors for them to study in the best universities in the USA, Brazil or throughout the world.