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Mount Pisgah Academy Skyliner Newsletter - April 2024

Principal's Message

Dewald Coetzer

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

I love the arrival of spring. It reminds me of the endless beauty that God had in mind for us when He created the earth. Flowers bloom, trees bud, and the whole landscape changes into its former glory. That is how I feel about the direction our school is heading in. There is a new atmosphere and energy on campus, and our students are happy to be here. We are excited to see them blossom into the young people God has called them to be.

I am excited about the future of MPA, and I believe that God has a purpose for our school. As we continue to seek His will, He will continue to bless our campus and students.

Recently, one of our staff members shared with me that we have had more baptisms this year than in the previous five years she has been at the school. This tells me that God is working on this campus through the staff and students to do the work He has called us to. May we always stay focused on the mission of Adventist Education in preparing our students for His service and kingdom.

May God continue to bless Mount Pisgah Academy.


Mission Trip Recap

Allyssa Jetter, '24

The mission trip of ‘23-’24 was definitely a rollercoaster ride, to say the least. If you had been there first hand, you could infer that the devil was working hard to ruin God’s divine work. Did this stop us? No! We kept preaching and, no matter what, we made sure our message got across. By the end of our week of preaching, there were numerous baptisms! My fellow peers and staff had a wonderful time preaching the gospel, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, learning new languages, exploring new environments, and trying delicious new foods! We had the privilege of touring a bit of Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Vinicunca (the rainbow mountain). I was awestruck by it all. There are no words to describe the amazing beauty of God’s creations. 

One of the students who went on the mission trip, exclaimed her favorite part of mission trip:  “My church was so welcoming and friendly! After I would preach, they would invite me to sit together and have a warm drink and bread. I might not have been able to understand them, but I could see the love they had for everyone!” Madeline Ashlock, ‘25.


Academy Days Weekend: Celebrating Talent & Promise

From March 22nd to 24th, our campus was abuzz with excitement as 85 potential students and their families visited for Academy Days. This event showcased the vibrant spirit of our community and the outstanding talents of our students. Attendees were treated to spectacular performances by our choir, symphony, and Acrosports team, leaving a lasting impression on all who witnessed their exceptional skills. Visitors also participated in team-building activities, met new friends, and learned about our class offerings. Staying in the dorm and eating in our cafeteria provided valuable experience as well, allowing potential students to experience campus life.

The highlight of the event was the distribution of over $70,000 in scholarships to visitors who showcased their talents during Academy Days. These scholarships serve as a testament to our commitment to supporting the next generation of leaders and innovators.

The impact of Academy Days was profound, with a surge in applications from prospective students eager to join our community. It reaffirms our belief in the transformative power of education and our dedication to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

As we reflect on the success of Academy Days, we are filled with optimism for the future and the contributions that our students will make to society. It was truly a celebration of talent, promise, and the boundless opportunities that await within our institution.


Week of Prayer

Allyssa Jetter, '24

Week of Prayer was amazing! At Mount Pisgah Academy, we like to use Weeks of Prayer as an opportunity for students to interact more through song, worship, and, of course, PRAYER! From Monday night through Friday night, we had student-led praise teams. The students loved listening and utilizing their musical skills to glorify God! The theme for our Week of Prayer was: “Nowhere to Hide," reminding us that when we pray, there is nowhere to hide. Even when we pray, we leave some things from our lives out. But we learned that we cannot hide those things from God because He already knows our thoughts, even if we don’t voice them.

Students also learned that prayer is a place where grief and gratitude can live together; we can have gratitude while we are grieving. God is not afraid of our deepest, unfiltered feelings. One of the biggest points from this week was that prayer is not a place where pretending is necessary. We can't get anything past God because He already knows our deepest and darkest secrets and everything else. Since we cannot hide from God, we might as well be real with Him. One of the biggest ways to follow through with this is prayer.

We want to extend a special thank you to our speaker, Rhidge Garcia, for taking time out of his busy schedule to share his wisdom with us.


Symphony Travels the Carolinas

Chantell Coetzer, Service Coordinator & Recruiter

Last month, the MPA Symphony embarked on a tour, performing at ACA Charlotte, Wilmington SDA Church, and Raleigh SDA Church. The tour kicked off at ACA Charlotte, where we shared several songs and offered students the chance to try out the various musical instruments. Next, the Symphony made their way to Wilmington, enjoying the beach and sun before preparing for their performance the following day.  On Sabbath, we worshiped and performed at the Wilmington SDA Church. Our Symphony Director also shared a beautiful message about Elijah and the importance of finding stillness in God’s presence.

The final stop of the tour brought us to Raleigh SDA Church. As the symphony filled the sanctuary with the resounding notes of their repertoire, a sense of reverence swept through the congregation. This was a particularly special stop for us (Mr. & Mrs. Coetzer), as it was one of our former churches and schools. Following our performance in Raleigh, we returned home tired but content, having shared the love of Jesus through our music with joyful hearts.

We express our heartfelt gratitude to ACA Charlotte, Wilmington, and Raleigh SDA Churches for graciously hosting us and making us feel truly welcomed. We also want to extend our sincere appreciation to Steven Green, our Symphony & Choir Director, for his exceptional dedication to the music program at MPA. Also, special thanks go to Shawn Betchley, his volunteer assistant. His commitment to showcasing the joy of sharing the love of Jesus through music is greatly impacting our students. 


MPA Devotional Books Return

Get ready for the much-anticipated return of our Summer Devotional Book! Our 12th edition is set to amaze, filled with inspiring stories penned by our talented students and staff. Swing by our lemonade tent at Camp Meeting to grab your copy and join us in the journey of faith and reflection. See you there!



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Applications Are Open For The 2024-2025 School Year

Applications are now live for the 2024-2025 school year! With an overwhelming response already pouring in, we've kicked off our new student interview process. The excitement is palpable as we welcome a wave of fresh faces to our campus. Ready to embark on this journey with us? Schedule a summer tour today and chat with our Vice Principal of Finance about tailored accessibility options for your family. Let's make your educational dreams a reality together!


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