Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Shenandoah Valley Academy
No matter how things may look now, when we reflect on our lives, we will see how God’s hand worked through it all.
This verse gives me comfort because it reassures me that God will always be there for me, ready to come to my aid at any moment.
I found comfort in these verses, and, even though the challenges did not immediately disappear, my first instinct now was to pray.
Standing in my office, I paused to acknowledge reality: We have COVID-19 on campus, and, by all appearances, it’s spreading.
Two weeks prior, sending my middle son, Sam (pictured), to boarding school 3,000 miles away from our home in Oregon never crossed my mind. I went to bed unsuspecting of what the night would bring. Little did I know, God was about to drop a “faith bomb.”
Often the scene of athletic contests, Zirkle Gymnasium transformed into a house of worship for a properly masked and social-distanced Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) Class of 2020 commencement service.
This spring and summer, one student from each of the Columbia Union Conference academies received the Caring Heart Award from Columbia Union’s Office of Education. Those honored demonstrated a commitment to service and witnessing.
For hundreds of students over four decades, Bill Strickland was the essence of Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA). Rightfully so, to staff and students who knew and worked with him, he was “Mr. SVA.”
Rocky Knoll Seventh-da