The Lord Will Give You an Inheritance
First submitted by Sara Baker for the 1999-2000 historical moments calendar
In the early 1980s, Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) was meeting on church campuses, but students, parents, and staff desired a campus of their own. One member of the development committee felt particularly drawn to a specific Bible verse:
"Those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land." ~ Psalm 37:9
The committee continued to pray, and look, but most of the land for sale near Cedar Bluff was far too expensive for CAK to consider. Then in 1982, a 27-acre tract of land became available on Dutchtown Road. Better yet, it was affordable! The committee recommended the purchase, and fundraising began!
In a letter dated February 2, 1983, Mr. Van Schuyver reported on several touching examples of how people sacrificed to help:
- Several middle school students made pins, selling them, and giving proceeds to the building fund
- A grandmother took care of a family of children over a weekend, and instead of accepting pay, she asked that the money be given to the CAK building fund
- A widow who had no formal contact with the school, but who knew it only by its reputation, gave a very generous gift after learning of the immediate plans to build
- Another woman, who worked hard all her life to assist in the education of her children and grandchildren, donated a substantial amount to "help assure the children of others would have a quality Christian education"
After the land was purchased, it was discovered that it had been in one family for years, handed down to each new generation as an inheritance. The family wanted the land to remain intact rather than being broken up for building lots, which is the reason they sold it to CAK at a price the school could afford. Thus, the school did receive an inheritance from the Lord fulfilling Psalm 37:9!
That spring, children, parents, and teachers gathered for a picnic on the new school grounds to celebrate the fulfillment of a long-held dream. No one could have imagined the 77-acre campus, multiple programs, and over 900 students that CAK has today. God is, indeed, able to do far beyond what we imagine!