Dear Editor:

Just before the warm weather arrived, we organized in our midst a Protestant Reformed Christian School Society. I had the privilege to attend all the three meetings that were held. The membership of the society is well over one hundred and twenty five, representing the First Protestant Reformed Church, Roosevelt Park Church, Creston Church and Hope Church. A board of seven men was elected: the Messrs. Zwak (Creston); Piper (Roosevelt Park); J. Kuiper (Hope); D. Monsma, A. Haan, J. Piersma, S. Bylsma (all of the First Prot. Ref. Church). To this board two more men are to be added in the future.

At our second meeting a constitution was adopted, in which the society expresses its purpose to provide Protestant Reformed education for our children. And we all agreed that this means the establishment of a Christian School of our own.

Yes, brethren and sisters, we all agreed that it is high time for us to get busy and realize this thing. The purpose is to begin with a school comprising the lower eight grades, but to bear in mind that we also need our own High School.

We, who are of the same spirit and of the same mind, who love the same principles, find in this work a point of unity; and this is most desirable. We must stand close together. The difficulties that must be faced can only be overcome by united action. For me, and I believe for all of us, it was a pleasure to meet one another with the same purpose in mind. We all agree that we cannot allow the doctrine of common grace or the principles expressed in the “three points” to be taught to our children. We believe that the doctrine taught in our preaching, catechisms, societies, Sunday School, and in our homes, is in accord with the Word of God and the Forms of Unity. It is the aim of our society to have these same principles maintained in the education our children receive in the school. And I repeat: we must all agree to this. It is the will of God. Brethren and sisters, in all the eighteen years of our existence as churches there was no united action to attain to this. We never started anything difficult But your society decided in its last meeting to provide this education. We desire to have the important matter of educating our children in our own hands.

In order that the board may come with, definite proposals regarding the size of the school, the number of grades, the number of teachers required, and the cost of it all, it is necessary to know how many of our people will cooperate and send their children. The society therefore, decided to hold a census to ascertain all this. Each family will be asked for their cooperation. The members of the society have expressed their willingness to do this work, which, the Lord willing, is to be done in the near future. Let us encourage our men when they visit our homes by telling them that you stand behind this cause and will help us. We need this. And as I stated above, we may be assured of the Lord’s approval. For, it is only by the mercy of the Lord that we are not consumed; for His compassions fail not, they are new every morning; great is His faithfulness.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to the flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.

S. Bylsma