ALUMNUS APPRECIATES SPIRITUAL LESSONS LEARNED AT MHBS
The following letter from Hunter Stanfield ('04), now an admissions counselor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. He recently shared his thoughts regarding lessons learned at MHBS. His letter is typical of numerous letters and comments received, on a regular basis, from alumni:
"I just spent the evening watching a documentary entitled "Waiting for Superman." It chronicles the journey of several different young children and their parents as they hope for a better education in a system that is failing millions of students each year.
After viewing the film, I began to recall my own experiences at MHBS, and to be honest I am just now realizing how great it was. My deep sense of regret comes from the fact that I did not value education, learning, and community then as much as I do now. Even more so, as an admission counselor for Pepperdine I am able to travel the country visiting school after school and experience firsthand the culture many students wade through. Some are good, while others are not so good, but none compare to what I was able to be a part of at MHBS. So I simply write to say thank you for the experience you helped shape for me as a student and countless others at MHBS, and know that now the gift of a Christian education is one that I truly value. My time in LA has afforded me the chance to interact with individuals from all over the world who encompass a number of different professions, all of whom have challenged me to risk and give more each day. I've served at the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row, with School on Wheels to mentor homeless children in the LA area, and helped lead something called Project Homeless Connect that provides thousands of individuals access to services that make their life a little easier. More recently I was able to spend time in Ghana with the Touch-a-Life foundation and the children they rescue from human trafficking there in Kete Krachi."
Thanks, Hunter! You and hundreds of alumni like you are the reason MHBS exists! To God be the glory!
STUDENT COMMITTEE HELPS PROVIDE SPIRITUAL FOCUS
The 9-12 Student Spirituality Committee has been functional for seven years and meets two to three times a semester, usually on Wednesday evenings after mid-week classes at local congregations. The Committee is responsible for posting daily thoughts for the day throughout the building. The Committee also plans high school and middle school Life Days, suggesting themes for 9-12 chapels, organizing middle school chapel one day each week and helping plan combined K-12 chapels twice a year. The Committee is sponsored by Dr. Kenny Barfield.
BIBLE FACULTY ALSO SERVE AS AUTHORS
Books written by the Bible faculty include: Fishers of Teens (Nashville: 21st Century) by Mr. Kerry Williams and Why the Bible Is Number One (Grand Rapids: Baker Books) and The Prophet Motive (Nashville: Gospel Advocate) by Dr. Kenny Barfield.
Members of the Mars Hill 'Family' are active in numerous mission efforts throughout the world. Board member, Mr. Marlon Rutherford and his family have taken numerous trips to Russia. MH students and faculty have traveled to the Ukraine, Germany, Christmas Island, Haiti, Ghana, Peru and to numerous sites in the United States to assist in local campaigns, Vacation Bible Schools and other outreach efforts. MHBS alumni currently work in Australia, Tanzania, Scotland and Brazil.
DAILY BIBLE CLASSES PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO DISCUSS MORAL ISSUES, WORLD EVENTS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS
Faculty members take time during daily Bible classes to allow students to ask questions and discuss issues of concern. Modern problems and how to deal with the increasing stress and pressures of life often consume the period. MHBS believes that the mere knowledge of Scripture is of little value unless the principles of right living are allowed to impact the way people live and react with one another.
- Elementary (8:05)
- Middle School (10:35)
- High School (11:50)
- Every school day opens with a Bible reading and prayer.
- The English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible is recommended for student use. Its translators worked very hard to be true to the original meaning and as readable as possible. While MHBS recommends the use of the ESV, students can elect to use any authorized translation (KJV, NKJV, NIV, ASV, NASV, RSV, NRSV etc.). Paraphrases of scripture are not acceptable for class work.