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Greater Impact: Searching for Treasure

Posted by John Rinks on Oct 11, 2017 11:22:00 AM

Have you ever had the urge to search for treasure? Maybe pan for gold in a mountain stream, explore an abandoned mine, or dive to an underwater shipwreck?

JR Hazor 2016 mudbrick.jpgNearly every summer I spend the month of July in Israel helping excavate the ancient city of Hazor. During King Solomon’s reign, Hazor was one of three military cities housing chariot units, along with Megiddo and Gezer. Before that, during the Bronze Age, Hazor was the largest and most powerful city in Canaan, with 20,000 residents on 200 acres inside massive walls. When the Israelites left Egypt and conquered the “promised land”, Joshua saved this heavily fortified city for last. Modern excavations are uncovering the king’s palace which Joshua and the Israelites destroyed.

I’m helping Hebrew University of Jerusalem search for treasure buried twenty-five feet deep in those ruins: gold, jewelry, and museum-quality statues. Film crews from the History Channel, CNN, and Discovery Channel have filmed us digging at the site.

Why is archaeology my favorite hobby? Do I get to keep any of the treasure I find? No. My motivation is to be a participant in amazing discoveries; to be part of a team doing something significant.

Lutheran High School in Parker, Colorado is also searching for treasure. The school is bursting at the seams with growth and needs funds to expand to serve the rapidly growing population in south metro Denver.

A team is assembling. People who want to participate in something significant. So far, 132 couples and individuals have joined the team, making 3-year pledges and contributing one-time cash gifts totaling over $700,000. We anticipate over 1,000 people joining us to help fund an expansion to accommodate 200 additional students per year beginning in 2019. Hopefully you become inspired to join the team.

This year, with 525 students, LuHi broke the all-time enrollment record of 502 students set in 1976. In 2018, we anticipate having 575 students – and we will be full. Unless we begin building new classrooms in 2018, in 2019 we will have to turn away 50-100 students who will want to attend LuHi. The number of rejections will grow as the population around the school doubles in the future. Closing our doors to students and families is not who we are and not who we want to become.

In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” 

In our case, the students are plentiful but the classrooms are few. We are praying for the Lord to put it on the hearts of His people to join the team and help fund the expansion of the school.

Early Team Members

“This school has blessed and benefited our family for the past four years, and with two more continuing as sophomores, we are honored to watch them thrive at Lutheran High.” – Steve and Sandra Budnack

“We feel very strongly about the importance of Christian education and its significance in the current culture. We are highly drawn to support the continuation of what we strove for in 43 years of ministry at Lutheran High School.” – Warren and Marilyn Kettner

“Both my recently departed husband, Carroll, a former executive director of the school, and I strongly supported the mission of Lutheran High School because of the Christian values that are incorporated into the curriculum and for the quality of the academic programs that is provided to the students. I am supporting the expansion of the school in his memory.” – Dolores Harr

How About You?

We all hope to live and act wisely to make our lives count for something significant in our Master’s service. This school once fought to survive. Now it is thriving. We seek supporters to fuel our vision to maximize the tremendous opportunity before us. Join us.

If you would like to hear more about how you can participate by donating some treasure to help fuel LuHi – contact me and I’d enjoy discussing that with you over a cup of coffee, or at breakfast, or lunch. I’ll meet you close to your work or home to make it convenient for you. It’s an honor to meet people who support the ministry of Lutheran High School.

Greater Impact! 

John Rinks

Director of Donor Advising


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