Bob & Krista Clatterbuck
A Reflection of Our Journey to Bethany Academy
As I reflect back on our journey to Bethany Academy, it is quite an amazing God story. Our journey began with the Lord placing people on our path that would plant seeds in our hearts to prayerfully consider Bethany Academy for our daughter, Riley. Bob & I prayed and continued on our path with faith in our hearts, but hesitations in our minds. The Lord led us to take each step on our journey. We put our hesitations aside and with that faith in our hearts, we took each step. First, we attended the Open House, without Riley, to just see how the Lord would stir our hearts as parents and being the faithful Lord He is. He did just that through the Bethany Academy staff and students. They were so warm and welcoming, a bright light. Next, Bob, Riley and I attended the Christmas concert and we were each so touched by the celebration of Jesus’ birth. While we were there, we unexpectedly saw many people we knew! This was part of God’s plan. They too were placed on our path to plant seeds and water those already planted by others. The Lord was again stirring our hearts. The next morning, two of the people we saw at he concert reached out to me and told me, “We think that Riley would love Bethany and the Clatterbuck Family should join the Bethany Academy family!” We continued to pray and the Lord continued to be faithful and affirmed what our hearts were feeling. Our next leading, the next step in faith, was for Riley to shadow in the 5th grade class. After we picked up Riley from her shadow day, she said she could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit with her and that she felt that Bethany is where the Lord wanted her to be. With God’s divine timing, our family interview was set and our meeting was full of even more Godly affirmations for our family. Our daughter, Riley, started attending Bethany as a 5th grader, 1 week later with divine timing that only the Lord could orchestrate. Riley LOVES everything about Bethany Academy! But when she is asked why she loves Bethany, she says it is because at Bethany Academy, Christ is at the Center of her learning and her relationships with her friends and teachers. God comes first!
The blessings of the Bethany Academy family began before Riley started school that day in January 2012 and have continued to be multiplied since we joined the Bethany Academy family. At Bethany Academy, Riley is allowed to be exactly who God made her to be. The teachers and staff not only teach, nurture and encourage her to grow educationally, but also in her God given gifts and her relationship with Jesus Christ!