As founders of WGCS, Shannon and Kyle Boyd stepped out in faith when opening the doors of the school to 8 students. With no funding or outside financial support, they were still ready to share their God given teaching talents with the families that God brought their way. Offering a small Christian learning environment where they could instill Christian values was the goal. Eleven years later, God revealed his prearranged plan and gave WGCS an enormous blessing…a building, a new home for the school.
A Brief History
In 2001 WGCS started out in a small rented facility in Fort Mill, SC and made a move in 2005 to a new location in Charlotte, NC. Lakeview Church rented half of their building to WGCS for 7 years. Although this was an ideal location and facility, WGCS always hoped and prayed for a building back in South Carolina. The goal was to keep the school in alignment with its original accreditation and roots. There were at least 20 different locations considered during this time but each time the door would shut for various reasons. In 2008, a financial crisis almost shut the school down, but with the hand of God and with the generosity of the WGCS staff, families & friends, WGCS made it through the trial with more wisdom and stability than ever before. As God provided for every need for the school, He taught the founders, school board and staff to lean on Him as He built back the school one lesson at a time. God was equipping WGCS to accomplish His mission and preparing WGCS to receive His blessing.
The New Building
In the Spring of 2011, after a School Board meeting, God placed on the heart of one of the WGCS board members to look up, on-line, one of the old buildings that the school had once considered for a new location. As God would have it, the building was going up for foreclosure auction the following day. The Board Member, her husband and another WGCS Board Member attended the auction. They arrived an hour before bidding was to start to tour the building along with other interested buyers. The trio ran into two men, an investor and his advisor, and started a friendly conversation about the history of the building and Walnut Grove’s interest in the building.
The friendly investor ended up purchasing the building and the Board members made it a point to introduce the gentlemen to Walnut Grove’s Principal and Co-Founder, Kyle Boyd. The Board member had urged Mr. Boyd to attend the auction but he decided at the last minute to drive over to the building and arrived just as the auction started. Mr. Boyd was told by the new owner that his advisor had also encouraged him to attend the auction, and he too felt led to come to the auction at the last minute. Over many months, the investor and his advisor met with the School Board to try to figure a way for Walnut Grove to make this building their new home. The School Board, at one point, felt there were too many unknowns in the expense of owning and renovating such a building and reluctantly walked away from the opportunity. The Spirit-filled investor knew that God had provided all things for him in his life, and he wanted to help the school just as God had helped him. So this mountain, that many thought couldn't be moved, was moved by God through the faith and the obedience of a man with a heart for Christ.
If Walnut Grove would have held onto any of the other buildings that they had considered over the prior 10 years and tried to make them work, then the school would have missed out on the biggest blessing from God. WGCS is grateful to this investor for allowing God to work through him, by making this building affordable for the school and working in the parameters that fit for such a small school. Even after the building deal was finalized, a separate anonymous donor purchased an additional acre of land, adjacent to the building, and donated it to WGCS so that the entire property area would be available for the school to grow for years to come! Walnut Grove, the investor, and anonymous donor want God to have the glory in this story and together want to build the kingdom of Christ in this new home.
The Lesson with the Blessing
So many times, we as Christians hold on to things so tightly that we never get to experience the blessings that God has planned for our lives. At Walnut Grove Christian School, God is showing us each day how He will bless us when we follow His calling, let go of control, and allow Him to work in our lives. “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21