SPARKS: Meeting of the Minds on “the Hill”
Written By Vanessa Wilson
In light of the vision Principal Hughes has adopted for the Forge, she emphatically and passionately continues to execute the Mind, Body, and Spirit Initiative. Adamant in the mission for optimal excellence, she had the distinct pleasure of partnering with PFA alumnus, Barry Black, Chaplain of the United States Senate on December 3rd to discuss the “New Pine Forge Academy.”
Rear Admiral Barry C. Black, USN, is the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate. He was elected to this position on June 27, 2003, becoming the first African American and the first Seventh-day Adventist to hold this prestigious office.
Debra Crable Anderson, Capitol Hill Communications Director/Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah, and a 1976 PFA alumna, was pivotal in organizing the meeting between Chaplain Black and Principal Hughes. Subsequently, Anderson represents an innumerable and prominent group of Adventists destined to make a difference on Capitol Hill, the White House, and other federal agencies. Above all, Mrs. Anderson’s notoriety to her beloved PFA’s continued success is contributory and significant in her role as the chairwoman of the Academy’s 70th anniversary celebration to materialize in September 2016.
It should be duly noted that during the Headmistresses’ gathering with the Chaplain, the two identified cohesive plans whereby Pine Forge Academy’s rich legacy could continue flourishing for years to come. We look forward to what will transpire from the implementation and execution of the intended programs for the Pine Forge community.
In conjunction with this school year’s theme: Capturing His Vision, I am reminded of my favorite leader from Scripture, Nehemiah. His story is quite remarkable and offers enough lessons to keep any leader fully engaged. One of the greatest lessons we can attain is found in Nehemiah 1 when the dream was birthed in Nehemiah’s heart to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, this is the exact premise Principal Hughes envisions for PFA. Some might ask, “How does a person capture a God-given vision?” I wholeheartedly believe Nehemiah’s story provides five great insights to effectively foster principles to capture His vision:
- Ask questions
- Gain awareness of needs and problems
- Feel the weight of the need or problem
- Fast and pray: discern, clarify, reflect and understand the next steps
- Act courageously
Accordingly, here at Pine Forge Academy, we realize that these intended, purposeful visions are insurmountable without the manifestations of God Almighty! With God on our side, we will continue forging forward in our academic, spiritual, and community-focused facets, now and for eternity.