We have started a new semester at CLC and have a whole group of new students. It hurts to say goodbye to last semester’s students, but we love meeting a new group. Every semester we begin new classes with new students who will experience the love of Jesus with us for an hour and a half five days a week. It is an incredible privilege and opportunity!
As you know, we are teaching the Bible to sixth grade and high school students as an elective. Right in the middle of their school day we have the joy of teaching them the truth of Jesus. Thanks to supporters like you, the CLC has been serving Gilmer students for the last 31 years. Over 5,500 teens have taken classes at the CLC in those years.
We get questions all the time about the legality of our program. The CLC is a release time program. Students are released during their school day to take our class as an elective and they receive school credit. The Supreme Court has ruled that our program is legal as long as it is privately funded, located on private property, and serves only students who desire to take the classes. Our generous supporters have allowed us to own our own property, buses, and building. We even have property on Clear Creek. When the time is right we will begin serving student at CCMS from that property. Since we do not receive any funding from Gilmer County Schools, the state of Georgia, or the federal government, we rely solely on the generous support of churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals.
We want to clarify how we are able to do what we do. This year we wanted to equip you to be able to answer questions about the CLC as you share the mission of the CLC with others. We would like for each of you to share our ministry with someone. Consider sharing what we do with a friend, a family member, or your Sunday School class. It may even be possible to share your heart for the CLC with your church. We are always available to come and speak at your church, club, or special gathering as well. The work will continue at GHS and GMS with your support. If we are to begin serving the students and families of Clear Creek Middle we will need others to help support through prayer and financial gifts.
After 31 years of reaching high school students we have expanded to offer a 6th grade CLC class because people like you prayed, volunteered, and gave generously. We want to see CLC continue to grow and reach more and more students with the message of Jesus. We need your help. Would you consider sharing this great ministry with others? Thank you for your continued prayers and support.