I can honestly say that Fountainview has changed my life. Before I attended the Academy as a student, I had the opportunity to visit the school on multiple occasions. One time stands out in particular: I had come as a Master Class student to play with the orchestra for a week. I had made quite a number of new friends. (To this day, I’m still friends with those students I had met over 4 years ago). As the week was drawing to an end, Mr. Lemon (the chaplain/pastor) was closing with a sermon. It touched my heart deeply and as I was absorbing his message, I looked around at students. They weren’t only listening intently, but they were hunched over their Bibles taking notes! Coming from a public school and a church with no youth, this was surprising to me. I had resolved that I wanted to be just like that—to love God and be excited to study His Word. From that moment on my life was changed and half a year later I was baptised. God is good and He used Fountainview to draw me closer to Jesus.Bailey M.
When I first came and participated in a master class here at Fountainview Academy several years ago, I knew there was something different about this school. Now that I’m actually a student, I have finally figured out what that something was: the love of Christ was flowing out of everyone I talked to. I was always greeted with a smile and a “How are you?” Being raised in a Christian home, I knew the fundamental views and beliefs that we had as a family and church, but that was only a head knowledge. Since I’ve been here, I truly believe in my heart that I’ve met Jesus. The school didn’t make us meet, but rather, the Lord brought me here so that I could discover Him for myself, in an environment that is an effective channel for showing everyone who He really is. Beginning my walk with Him has made life sweeter, and I can’t wait to get to know Him more.Emily T
“Would you like to go to a Fountainview concert?” my dad asked me one day. “Sure!” I responded. Growing up I went to many Fountainview concerts. Partially in support of our family friends who’s kids attended the school and because the music that we heard was always a blessing. So when we finally decided that Fountainview was the place for me and my sister to attend, I was excited. When I arrived at school to work the summer of my sophomore year, I was challenged to make the beliefs I had grown up with my entire life my own. While riding on the weeding cart one afternoon, Emily, David, and I got into a discussion about clean and unclean meats and what the Bible says in regards to this subject. I soon found out that I didn’t know why I believed that swine was unclean. I was raised vegetarian and had always lived that way. I never had the desire to eat meat so when I was told that pig was unclean according to the Bible I just believed and never checked it out for myself. When I didn’t completely agree with what was being said, I realized that I had to study it out for myself. When I studied it out I learned that the Bible agreed with my friends. The friends I have made at Fountainview have challenged me to dig deeper in the Word of God to discover His truth for myself.
The biggest lesson I have learned this year is my need of God every minute. Things were going great and then my best friend had a problem with something I had done and I was unaware of it. He wouldn’t talk and I was going to make him talk. That morning God had told me you need give me control of your problems. “Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah” (Psalms 39:5). There is no amount of work that I can do to save myself. It is only Christ who saves me. There is nothing righteous in and of myself and the only way I can begin to look righteous is by letting Christ dwell in me. And even then it is not my righteousness but Christ’s. “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified” (Galatians 2:16). This is hard for us as humans because we are deceived to believe that we need to be in control and that there is something good in us. “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15). I am excited to see where God will take me and what he’ll show me as I let him live in me.
With a deep breath I stepped out of the car onto the gravel road of Fountainview Academy. It was the start of my sophomore year here—this was a new beginning. After first campout, life soon became a blur, filled with things like Fall Picnic, California Tour, Week of Prayer, Open House, and of course school. However, as busy as life was—and still is, Fountainview has changed my life for the better. Before I began attending, I didn’t know much about who God truly was—a loving Savior waiting with open arms for me to find myself in Him. I have gone to church my whole life, but somehow things never fully clicked until I came to Fountainview. I believe this is because everything is truly based upon the foundation of Christ and His teachings. The staff here show a picture of Christ, and through them, and the environment created, I have been able to learn and grow an amazing amount. God has taught me great things during my time here that otherwise I might never have learned. In Jeremiah 29:11 it says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” It has been by God working through Fountainview Academy that this verse has truly come to life and shown me that Christ’s love for me is more than I could ever understand and that He is taking me amazing places. One thing I know—in Him, I can always place my trust.Kami M.