Pastor Keane Collins
The 2018 PCS graduating class and their families gathered together at Seniors Honors Night on June 1st to celebrate their students’ accomplishments during their school careers.
As part of the ceremony, Pastor Keane Collins, dad to Class Salutatorian Ailis Collins, shared some thoughts with students from a parent’s perspective:
"For the first five or six years of your lives, we, your parents, were your primary examples of Christ-likeness. We … followed the loving example of Jesus in the way we parented you … It was a shock for me, when [you] reached school age, to realize that your teachers would have you more of your waking hours each day than I or even mom would have you. That’s why it was so important for us to put you in a school where teachers and the administrators of the school would also be an example of Christ’s love to you."
The Collins family found value for their daughter at Portland Christian, including:
- The Christ-like example of the school’s teachers and administrators,
- The Christ-centered instruction, and
- The support of God’s family in Christ that surrounds the students.
Pastor Collins concluded his talk with a challenge to the students:
"Now that you … are adults and you will be making your own decisions, forming your own lives, I challenge you:
- Be an example of Christ-like love to others,
- Exercise the wisdom of God to understand and succeed in life,
- Bring together and grow the family of God in Christ among those you meet."
Read Pastor Collins’ entire message in the link below.
Ailis also shared her journey at Portland Christian, beginning in the 3rd grade and continuing through graduation. She highlighted experiences with her friends, teachers, and other students. She concluded:
"I have experienced trials, but overcome them with the help of my family, friends, and teachers. PC does everything it can to partner with parents to raise up its children into strong, Christ-like adults. We have all been so blessed, thank you parents and thank you PC!"
Read Ailis’ entire speech in the link below.
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