Golfers raise over $36,000 for Tuition Assistance at NLA
Tuition assistance is a thriving program at New Life Academy that provides many families access to Christian education. Through the generosity and support of many people, we are able to contribute to this program every year through events like the Annual Golf Classic. This is a much anticipated, particularly for the avid golfers amongst us. The event builds community through competition, games and time on the greens. This year, in our 19th year, over 100 golfers came out on a sunny day in September in support of the mission at New Life Academy and raised over $36,000.
While the day started out with a thunderstorm, it quickly turned to a sunny day just in time for golfers to hit the greens. Flight A 1st Place winners were Matt Romain, Greg Romain, Jesse Picasso and Chris Orlett. Flight B 1st Place Winners were Chris Meier, Chad Wall, Mark Wall, and Nick Wall. To see the full Golf Classic Album, visit our facebook page.
Following a day on the greens, golfers come together for an evening banquet. Guest speaker this year was Mark Mann, Jr, a 2006 Alumnus of New Life Academy. A year into Mark’s marriage post-college, Mark suffered a boating accident that left him a double amputee. In the moments following the accident, Mark shared a vision where he was in a green pasture on his knees before the cross. Looking up he saw Jesus and all his fears and doubts were washed away and peace came over him. In those few seconds where he was in the presence of his creator, Mark talks about re-dedicating the rest of his life to serving Christ fully. On a day that should have taken Mark’s life, he was sparred and made new by the One who gives New Life to each of us. Mark’s parting words reminded us to find ways to praise Him in the storm, don’t rely on your own strength to get through the trials and instead of saying ‘why me?’ say ‘why not me?’ as we know from James 1:2-4 that we are to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Our mission at New Life Academy is to educate and energize students to impact their world for Jesus Christ. Mark talks about the impact that teachers, coaches and the influential relationships that were formed at New Life Academy. Students like Mark are a testimony to the impact that a Christian education can have on students. We thank all the golfers who came out this day in support of the mission at New Life Academy.