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The Extreme Sport of Classical Christian Education

On this last day of 2016, I am reflect­ing on what the Lord has done for my fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty through Agape Christi Acad­e­my. Our school is now in its fourth year, and we are joy­ful­ly pur­su­ing the mis­sion to assist Chris­t­ian par­ents in the com­mand to train up chil­dren in the nur­ture and admo­ni­tion of the LORD.

This is no small feat! One of my daughter’s Latin vocab­u­lary words last trimester was extremus, which essen­tial­ly means ‘out­er­most.’ When quizzing my daugh­ter, I imme­di­ate­ly thought this must be where we get the phrase “extreme sport.” An extreme sport is per­formed ‘out­side’ of what is con­sid­ered typ­i­cal for that sport. Such is what we are doing at Agape Christi Acad­e­my: edu­cat­ing in the out­er­most part of what today’s cul­ture calls edu­ca­tion.

Instead of idol­iz­ing the self, Agape Christi teach­es all things in light of their Cre­ator. Rather than treat­ing stu­dents as dis­em­bod­ied brains, or worse, bun­dles of feel­ings that must be cel­e­brat­ed and nev­er dis­put­ed, Agape Christi is nur­tur­ing the heart, soul, mind, and strength of each stu­dent and train­ing their affec­tions to love what is good, true, and beau­ti­ful. Sad­ly, this is indeed out­side today’s norm.

We need your help in two impor­tant ways for this weighty endeav­or. As we look to 2017, please pray for the school. Pray that we would suc­ceed in our mis­sion with humil­i­ty, rev­er­ence for our great God, and love for each oth­er and each stu­dent. Sec­ond­ly, please con­sid­er how the Lord would have you par­tic­i­pate finan­cial­ly in equip­ping the next gen­er­a­tion. It’s not too late to take advan­tage of the 2016 dou­ble-match: all tax-deductible dona­tions (up to $30k) giv­en before mid­night today will be matched $2 for every $1 donat­ed. Any­thing you give will have 3x the impact!

Give online:  Donate before mid­night CST on Decem­ber 31, 2016 to have the gift count­ed toward the 2016 cal­en­dar year. 


Sup­port While You Shop:

If you shop on Ama­zon, start at, the company’s char­i­ta­ble giv­ing pro­gram. You have access to every­thing from the reg­u­lar Ama­zon site, but now you can select Agape Christi Acad­e­my as your char­i­ty of choice, and 0.5% of your pur­chas­es will be donat­ed to the school.

Many of you have already giv­en much of your time, prayers, and finances to our grow­ing school, and we are so very grate­ful! Look around at the joy­ful faces of stu­dents and staff next time you vis­it, and know that your con­tri­bu­tions are help­ing build the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers, par­ents, sci­en­tists, artists, mis­sion­ar­ies, and pres­i­dents.

The LORD com­fort your hearts and estab­lish them in every good work and word! 

Mar­la Helseth


Mar­la Helseth serves as the Devel­op­ment Coor­di­na­tor at Agape Christi. She and her hus­band have two chil­dren enrolled at the school, cur­rent­ly in 1st and 4th grade.


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