It’s Wednesday morning, May 9. I just arrived at the office to write this blog after our annual Seattle Urban Academy (SUA) fundraising banquet at Benaroya Hall. Over 245 people heard the stories of three students who have had life transforming experiences through their involvement with SUA. This is a high school for youth at-risk with a faculty (one of which is a Fulbright scholar) and an administration that not only are great educators, but show up every day with a deep, genuine love for the students.
96% of SUA seniors graduate from high school. 89% go on from SUA to college, trade school or sustained employment. You only get this kind of outcome when you have people who are genuinely called by God to do their work, and therefore are gifted—and equipped—to do the work.
This is what CRISTA is all about. The CRISTA family of ministries serve people around the world through excellence in education, senior living, media and global relief and development. The CRISTA mission is carried out by highly professional, committed followers of Jesus Christ expressing their love for Him.
We want to continue to grow closer to Christ and grow in our ability to do His work in practical and life-changing ways in every one of our ministries. If we are called by God, I believe we should strive to be the very best at whatever we do. No mediocre work by His followers!
President & CEO