Continuing the Mission
More than 100 years ago, a few visionary Seventh-day Adventists decided to purchase land in Reeves, Georgia, for the purpose of furthering God’s work in the South through education and health care. Fifty years later members of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference felt impressed to open a boarding academy. The school they built served students well, but GCA grew and facility needs changed over the last half century.
In recent years it became clear that funds were needed for capital improvements, scholarships, and program support for both academic and extracurricular activities to move GCA forward and prepare for the future. As we contemplated all of these needs, God began working. The Continuing the Mission Campaign was launched in late 2015. With fundraising targets of $10 million for facilities, $2 million for scholarships and endowments, and $500,000 for program enhancements, the total of $12.5 million seemed like an impossible goal. These were goals that felt completely out of reach, and yet God had already given us a hint of what He was going to do.
When our first "ask" (which was going to be for $150,000-$200,000 turned into a $3 million commitment, we realized that we were going to be in for some surprises. The next gift, that we thought might be $1 million, turned into $4 million!
On December 31, 2020 when the Continuing the Mission Campaign ended, we exceeded our expanded goals of $14 million for facilities, $2 million for student support and $500,000 for program support. We did not have to borrow money for the construction of the new facilities and we have been able to replenish the reserves. Having received over $21,600,000 in gifts and pledges since the campaign started, God has proven His ability to "accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."