Story - S. Courtney, Courtney Christian School as told by Holly Poole
“Do not follow where the path may lead! Go, instead, where there’s no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
My dream was to have a Christian school that was built on character building and restoring American Christian heritage to our children. I think that God wanted me to prepare these children to be world-changers in a society that has lost it’s moral compass and to create an atmosphere of honor and respect. Courtney Christian School has become the reality of that dream.
This school was always the dream. There were so many times that the path was deviated. As with Moses and the Israelites, the Promised Land was always the goal even when the path was deviated, even when people and circumstances got in the way. However, it was in the deviated times, that God was able to change my heart out of brokenness and humble me. It was years in the making to get where we are now, but that process was preparation for me. For 12 years, my dream stayed in my spirit without action. It took 12 years for God to ready my spirit before the dream could come to pass.
When God gives us a dream, there’s a refiners fire that you go through- and that produces brokenness, character building, and humility. Your character has to be able to sustain the dream. God will not send you into the dream unprepared, that is why He tests you.
The dream began becoming reality when a few Pastors came to me in 2014 and asked “would you ever start a school again?” and I thought, maybe in a few years. In March 2015, they came back and said that the window of opportunity was open and it was time to take action. I needed to know that God was calling me to do this because I was leaving everything for the unknown. We secured a building on June 25, 2015, I signed a lease but I had no money. God knew that I needed a tangible sign, and I soon got the news that the contractor would cover all of the renovations on the building which would have been half a million. By July 30, we had been preparing for school to start, we ordered the curriculum, and began enrolling students - and we still didn’t have any money. Again, God shows his provision when a man came to the school and asked me about my vision, he then goes to truck and writes out a check for a quarter of a million dollars and gives us enough money to start school.
"God never gives you a dream that matches your budget. He’s not checking your bank account, He’s checking your faith."
Oftentimes, when you have a dream, you don’t have the finances. That’s when you have to take a leap of faith, because God’s dreams require action. You take a step and God puts the bridge under your feet.
We opened our doors to 121 students in August, 2015. We still didn’t have a library. Again, God’s hand shown through the generosity of a retired librarian I had never met in Alabama that sent us 2,000 books. A known artist in New Orleans had volunteered to do our mural here at the school. A friend from school had send us $2,000 dollars for an art program, and another friend sent enough money to start a basketball team. Last year we had two sports and this year we now have 6 sports and cheerleading in just the second year.
When it is God’s timing, everything falls into place. When He is leading you through His dream, he gives you benchmarks along the way. He shows you that His hand is on your dream to give you the momentum to move forward.