From the Superintendent
Dear Cumberland Christian School Families,
There comes a time in the life of individuals serving in a full-time ministry when God clearly reveals that a new direction is necessary. After prayerful contemplation and personal evaluation, it has become evident that my time of leadership here at Cumberland Christian School is coming to a close. It has always been my prayer that God would show me when my ministry is ending, and I believe that He has done that. I submitted my resignation to the Board of Directors that becomes effective when the next Head of School is hired or June 15, 2022, whichever is sooner.
One of the greatest joys of my life has been to serve God in the area of Christian Education for 44 years. More specifically, I have found great joy in knowing the students and their families. Cumberland Christian School will always carry a special place in my heart as I close out my career as a Christian School administrator. In many ways, my leaving will be difficult; but I know that the school is following its intended mission. Over the years, God has sustained this ministry through the many prayers and faithful sacrifice of countless people; I believe He will continue to do so in the coming years.
I thank the Board of Directors and the families of Cumberland Christian School for the confidence that you have demonstrated toward my leadership. Nothing could have been accomplished without your support. Greater days lie ahead for Cumberland Christian School. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this ministry over these last five plus years. It has been a great ride! Please pray for the Howard family as we petition God for His direction and leading in our lives. Sue and I appreciate the love that has been shown to us by so many school families. God bless all of you.
In His Service,
Kenneth R.T. Howard
As I began my day this morning, I went to one of my favorite devotional resources, Our Daily Bread. In reading the Biblical challenge for today, I was reminded to be still and patient in order to hear the voice of God. I love those times when I hear God during my quiet prayer and meditation of scripture. In this period of life, when the world is in turmoil and people are angry and afraid, I need the truth of Psalm 37:1 and 37:7 to guide my steps. Verse 1 says, “Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong.” Psalm 37:7 reminds me that I should “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways when they carry out their wicked schemes.” When I hide these words in my heart and heed their wisdom, I will remember that “God is good” even when things seem to be going wrong. I think that the core lesson to be learned from my struggles is knowing that He is still the same God during the hard times as He is during good times. My desire is that I gain a deeper relationship with God and a firmer faith in Him. I pray the same for you. 1 Kings 19:12 provides great encouragement for me; “After the earthquake came a fire but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” In my private time with God, I need to set aside what I need or want and spend more time in prayer to God, acknowledging and thanking Him for who He is and simply basking in the glory of His presence, regardless of the surroundings and circumstances. Have you heard the whisper of God?
In His Service,