A new phase in our KCA story has begun. Two people who have meant so much to KCA -- George and Pat Eger -- have moved on to the next part of their journey. As I ponder their time at KCA, two words come to mind: but God. These two small words, just a total of six letters, are so powerful, yet they tell the story of KCA and the story of George and Pat’s past six years.
The story actually begins way before that. George and Pat had not planned to live and work here in York, Pennsylvania, but God directed them to Christian School of York. And Christian School of York is really where the story of KCA begins. You see, nine years ago, I was at a point in my life where I had no plans to ever teach again. But God led our family to CSY and prompted me to apply for an elementary school teaching position under Pat who was serving as CSY’s elementary principal at the time. Little did either of us know where that interview would lead in the coming years.
Seven years ago, George and Pat left CSY fully intending to begin their retirement. But God had other plans. Six years ago, Christian education in our nation was floundering and Christian schools across the country were closing. But God called Pat, George, Kim Martin, Barb Eisenhart and me to open a new Christian school here in York. Many people thought we were crazy. But God kept opening doors, and we just kept walking through them. KCA welcomed 21 students on August 27, 2014. In the five years since KCA’s opening, Pat and George have touched the lives of over 90 students and their families through KCA. Five years doesn’t seem like enough time to have them both here with us, and it is hard to see them move out of this phase of their journey, but God has a plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Proverbs 3, verses 5 and 6 read, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” These two verses are the life verses for Pat and George, and for the past nine years I have watched them live out these verses. They have been models of what it looks like to live in obedience to God’s plans and purposes. In a world that is very self-serving, they have selflessly devoted their lives to loving others and pointing them to Christ, and I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of their journey.