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Dear Pella Christian Community,

The events of the past week and a half have filled us with a sense of anger and sorrow toward the condition of many of our communities. We lament the death of George Floyd and the acts of destruction we have witnessed. The sin of racism, in all its forms, causes us to turn to the only One who can heal, unite, and bring about redemption. Jesus reminds us in Mark 12:30-31 that a direct reflection of our love for God is our love for our neighbor. Today, as a Christian community, and out of love for our neighbor, we publicly mourn the tragic death of George Floyd and ask Christ to permeate our hearts so that we might, with humble acts of love, be Christ’s redeeming agents.

God created all people in His image and loves each of us with a depth beyond comprehension, sacrificing His son that all who believe might have abundant life. We often fall short of doing the necessary work so that our neighbors might have the opportunity for “life in the full” (John 10:10). In Christian communities, we must stand together against racism, hate, and destruction. We must ask what can we do to lift up those who are angry and hurt? What humble acts of love can we personally demonstrate to help restore dignity and respect for all?

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). As a Christian school system, we must discuss these important questions with our students so that we might live out Micah 6 in a time when it is so desperately needed. It is our responsibility as Christian parents and teachers to have these discussions with our children.  Will you partner with us in this endeavor?  

Pella Christian Schools are committed to leading our students in recognizing injustice, seeing all people as image-bearers, actively pursuing community, and standing ready to seek justice.  We pledge to continue the work of forging in our students a recognition that all humans are image-bearers of God.  We pray for an end to any form of hate, an end to violence, and for God’s shalom to replace the chaos of our times.

We pray for a peaceful resolution to the current crisis and denounce violence or retaliation in any form, all in an effort to create healing in our land.  Please join us in praying for the family of George Floyd, for wisdom for our law enforcement officers and all those God has placed in positions of authority, and that God would bless our efforts to be agents of renewal in a broken and hurting world.

Sincerely, 

David Te Grotenhuis, PCGS Head of School  
Dan Van Kooten, PCHS Principal 
Greg Wojczynski, PCHS Incoming Principal