Adoption Awareness Month: Celebrating God our Father

Written by WCS’s fifth grade teacher, Brittany Tadesse. Brittany is a wife, teacher, and missionary who has a heart for serving and loving others.  Her desire for her students to know God and His love for each of them is evident in her daily interactions with her students. Thank you, Brittany, for sharing your heart with us.

“I could never love someone else’s kid like my own.”

“I’ve heard that they could burn your house down or steal your stuff.”

“You don’t know what you’re getting.”

Many adoptive parents in our school heard these words. My parents hear these words too. They could have believed these words, and after many failed adoption attempts, they were tempted to. But they said “let’s try this one more time.”

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“Just get rid of it.”

“No one needs to know but you.”

“It would be better for it to be gone than to be born into this world.”

“Better abortion than adoption.”

These are words that many women carrying an unwanted baby have heard. They are reminded of the pain of labor, the hurt of giving a child away, and the trauma of continuing with life afterward. They are told that adoption isn’t the “right” way.

My birth parents heard these words. Many well-meaning people gave them advice to abort. Together they went to an abortion clinic. As they were waiting to go in, they felt this tug to leave. They said that something “didn’t feel right” and walked out of the clinic before their name was called. They decided to take a different approach.


This twist and turn of events; the hurtful words, failed attempts, bad advice, and years of waiting, lead to one event. I was birthed by a strong woman into a beautiful family. After seven years of waiting and praying, my parents said it all finally made sense. All my life my mom would tell me, “I prayed and prayed and God sent you to me.” He definitely did. As an unborn person, I had no control over if I would live or die, but my birthparents and parents made choices that not only gave me life, but gave me a life better than I could have ever imagined.

Isn’t that what God does for us? He takes our mess and our brokenness and decides to take it all as His. He decides to make us His family. Romans 8:15 says that He has given us a spirit of adoption, so that we can call Him Father.” In a way, we are all in different stages of the adoption process right now.

In a world that says adoption is not the “right” way, He says:

“You are no longer  slave, but my son.” Galatians 4:5-7

“I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you.” John 14:8

“Whoever does my will is my family.” Matthew 12:50

“Through faith you are God’s children.” Galatians 3:26

“How long did it take you to love someone else’s kid?” Someone asked my mom. She replied “The minute I held her I was in love with her and would have done anything in the world to take care of her. The second I had her, she was mine.”

The second God had you, you were His. He is in love with you and will do anything in the world to take care of you. November is adoption awareness month. Let’s celebrate the students in our school that have been adopted into our Warsaw Christian family…and even more importantly, let’s celebrate the fact that we have been adopted into God’s family. Spread the word: adoption is beautiful. And we are all a part of it.

~Brittany Tadesse



Encouragement Can Be Found Here!

encouragementDid you know that WCS focuses on building a character trait every month? Students learn the importance of these character traits by watching their teachers model them in the classroom, through scripture study and memorization, chapel teaching, hands-on opportunities and daily practice. September’s character trait was encouragement.

WCS kicked off the month with a Super Saturday mission project that cultivated encouragement for those who are in need.  Students, staff, and families worked together to create over 1500 bags of school supplies for school children in Guatemala.

Later in the month, we were encouraged in chapel when a few of our teachers shared their stories about how they made their personal decisions to follow Jesus.  As a result of their sharing several of our students made a first time decision to follow Jesus by asking Him to be their Savior! What an awesome privilege it is for us to be a part of God’s work.

Just the other day, a teacher told me that her class asked if they could stop and pray for another class who was having a rough time. And then after the prayer, the students began to brainstorm ways to encourage students in the other class. I have heard that cards and homemade cookies might be on the way to a classroom just down the hall.

Students were nominated to be encouragement character trait recipients and were recognized by their peers for being known as the classroom encouragers. What a blessing this group of students is to the body of Warsaw Christian School. Encouragement has taken root in the hearts of our students and continues to grow among us. We cannot help but to feel encouraged and blessed to be a part of this amazing body of believers!

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:1-2

~Tricia Deisch





Back to School

Back%20to%20School%20BannerOur summer days are winding down and it’s back to school time. I have always loved this time of year. As a teacher and a mom, I loved buying school supplies for my classroom and for my kids. There was just something nice about throwing away stubby broken pencils and crayons and replacing them with crisp Crayola boxes and bright yellow pencils. Restocking and replacing these school supplies reminds me of the verse that states the old is gone and the new is here. Oh, how I love new beginnings and fresh starts. God is the God of new things; He brings newness every day. craI guess that is another reason I have always loved the start of the school year. I loved dreaming and planning for all the wonderful new possibilities. The thoughts of new friendships, new concepts, ideas, growth and discovery, and getting a new teacher, or as a teacher the idea of a classroom full of new students. These things brought wonder, excitement and joy. And even now, as we get ready to head back to school, God continues to amaze me with His plans for our future, a future full of hope and new life. There are many new things waiting for us as we return to WCS. We have a new first grade teacher, Miss McQuade. She is a Grace graduate and has just finished a year of teaching in Bangladesh. We have an amazing new playground being installed. We have many new friends to get to welcome and share the love of Jesus with.  And I am excited to start up this new school year as your principal. Back to school this year will be full of all kinds of new and exciting adventures from the Lord. I’m already dreaming of the great discoveries of learning and working together that await us this year! I cannot wait to see you on August 15th for Meet the Teacher. Now, off to buy a brand new box of Crayola’s and some shiny new yellow pencils. See you soon!

~Tricia Deisch



We’re Thirsty!


WCS is thirsty. We are thirsty for more of the living water of Jesus Christ in our lives. We are wanting God’s spirit to be even more alive and more present on a daily basis in our upcoming school year. We are desiring to grow in academic excellence as we equip and train students to live for the Lord in thought, word and deed. We long for WCS to be a world changing school with world changing students. We sense that God is moving. We want to continue to move with Him and follow his heart. This desire creates a greater dependence on Him. We know that our Father God in Heaven is the only one who can quench our thirst. So, we are asking for your help. Will you be one of our one hundred plus prayer partners? Will you pray daily for our teachers, school board, staff, students and their families through the summer. Will you ask Him to make us the salt and light of our world? Will you ask God to establish the work of our hands and pour His favor and blessings on our school and students? If so, will you tell us by joining our text group or emailing us?

Become a WCS Prayer Partner!

Text the number: 81010 and send the message: @wcspra

Or email Yes, I am praying for WCS!

We are believing God and thanking God for the good work He is doing and will continue to do through the fruit of your prayers and support. Thank YOU!








I’m So Thankful For Our Teachers!

The first week of May marks National Teacher Appreciation Week. This is a week where  teachers are recognized for their tireless work and love they demonstrate to their students and families on a daily basis. This is also a time of year that I reflect on the many teachers who have impacted my life. And the one teacher who impacted my life the most was my second grade teacher, Miss Newberg.  She was beautiful and kind. This was the year I decided I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up.

I don’t recall many of her lessons. Although, I do remember repeated addition and subtraction drills that helped me remember all those facts. Thank you, Miss Newberg! But what I do remember the most is her heart and how she made me feel when I was in her classroom. She made me feel special and important. One standout memory that is engraved in my mind was when I had returned from a bout with bronchitis to a week of standardized testing. I still had a terrible lingering cough and I remember coughing endlessly during the testing. It was then that she brought me a cup of water and draped her sweater over my shoulders. I will never forget the feeling of being loved and cared for by my teacher. As I remember that moment that happened so long ago, I now realize that her love was like that of Jesus. She gave me a cup of water when I was in need and gave up her own sweater to warm me on that cold day.

Years later I was tremendously blessed to actually teach side by side with her and learn from her expertise and her example. It was then that I realized that she was a missionary sharing the love of Jesus  with each of her students. What a terrific blessing from the Lord to me.  And now, all these years later God has blessed me again. I am daily surrounded by classrooms being led by faithful followers of Jesus Christ who are full time missionaries. Our WCS students are being blessed in the same manner that I was blessed so many years ago. How awesome is that!! What a privilege and joy for me to observe teachers praying with and over their students, sacrificially giving up their lunches, or purchasing necessary school supplies or gifts for those in need. And then most importantly these teachers are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to each of their students through their words and deeds. All amazing blessings that  I have seen this year at WCS by our teachers!

God has been so tremendously good to bless WCS with these full time classroom missionaries! And I am so thankful to get a glimpse of His work through these teachers’ hearts! Please take time to join me in praying prayers of thanksgiving and blessings over each of our teachers and then let them know how they have made a difference in your life.

Tricia Deisch





Preparing for Growth

brochure photos 009Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

If you have worked in a school, you know that once February rolls around planning is in full swing for the upcoming school year. You would also know that the phones begin ringing from families wanting information and tours for their child’s much anticipated first year of school. This preparation for the upcoming school year stirs up an excitement for all of us.

This excitement solidifies the fact that our planning must take on a sense of urgency. And with this urgency we must fully rely upon the Lord to meet our needs. We praise God for the numerous ways He has blessed us this school year. He has provided an increased teaching staff and continued growth in student numbers. Because of this we are using every square inch of space to maximize the learning outcome for each of our students. PLEASE PRAISE HIM WITH US FOR THESE BLESSINGS!!!

In order to maintain this pattern of growth and excellence in our classrooms and learning environment we must continue to ask in faith as we prepare for this upcoming school year. Will you join us in prayer for the following needs?

WCS Teacher, Staff and Student Needs for 2016-2017 School Year:

  • Larger server and firewall to meet the needs of our integrated technology classrooms

  • A fully accessible computer lab open to students on a daily basis to meet our students’ differentiated educational needs

  • Furnished classroom space for expanding grades

  • Increased funding for teachers and teacher assistants

  • Larger Office Space for growing staff

  • A music/band/choir classroom

  • Commercial sized cooler for milk and juice

Thank you for joining us in prayer as we seek God’s blessing and favor for the 2016-2017 school year!














What’s On Your Top Ten?


Warsaw Christian School is one of my favorite places to be! And  after coming back from winter break, it is obvious that WCS is one of the kids’ favorites too. So, I thought it might be good to do a comparison of my top ten reasons with their top ten reasons on why Warsaw Christian School is the best place to be! Come to find out we have a few of the same favorites!! Check out our lists and leave a comment on facebook on why you think WCS is the best!

The top ten reasons why I think Warsaw Christian School is the best:

10. Each day is grounded in love!
9.  Parent partnerships and community support abounds!
8. Students are exposed to and participate in a variety of fine arts!
7. Students experience exciting educational field trips!
6. Student are included in service projects that make global impact!
5. The whole school participates in corporate worship and chapel on Wednesdays!
4. Character is more important than test scores!
3. The administrators, teachers, and staff pray for each student!
2.  High academic standards are expected in all areas of learning!
1. Biblical truths are taught and practiced daily!

The top ten reasons why the students think Warsaw Christian School is the best:

10. An amazing playground is COMING summer of 2016!
9.  We have small class sizes and we know everybody in our grade!
8. No bullying!
7. We work together as a whole school to reach goals!
6. We respect each other and have fun together!
5. We get to go on lots of field trips!
4. We celebrate with awesome parties!
3. We love our specials: music, art, PE, and computer lab!
2.  The teachers help us learn!
1. We learn about God and Jesus every day and not just during Bible!
~Tricia Deisch
Our Vision: Warsaw Christian School students will acquire a Biblical worldview evident by faith in Jesus Christ, growth in Godly wisdom and character, a commitment to academic excellence, and a heart to serve their world for the glory of God.



Making Room for More of Him

Warsaw Christian School teachers and students are in full swing in preparation for Christmas, making room in their schedules for all the little extras that make our students’ lives so full. If you joined me in walking the halls you would probably hear the sweet voices of our students as they rehearse for their upcoming Christmas program. You would see the Christmas bulletin boards and you might even see the students quietly working on crafts and cards for their family.  One thing for certain is you would feel the anticipation mounting in the building for the upcoming celebration of Jesus’ birthday.

As I reflect on this special time of year, I think about how WCS has been making room for more students, more classrooms, and more teachers. And all these thoughts of making room for more, led me to consider the story of Jesus’ birth and coming. God’s greatest blessing to all of us: the gift of Jesus Christ coming into the world to rescue us from our own sinfulness. The historical accounts of who made room for Jesus that night in Bethlehem teach us the importance of doing the same. And that is the spirit of WCS, to teach our students how to make room in their hearts for MORE OF HIM.

As I treasure every moment of this season, I thank God that our teachers and support staff have the desire to teach our students to make room for more Jesus in their hearts, in their actions, in their words, and in their work. So, before any of us get caught up in the busy-ness of this time of year, it is my prayer that we first join together to make room for more of Him in our hearts. And with that we will all truly have a very Merry Christmas!

 Our Vision: Warsaw Christian School students will acquire a Biblical worldview evident by faith in Jesus Christ, growth in Godly wisdom and character, a commitment to academic excellence, and a heart to serve their world for the glory of God.



We Are Family

stainglassRecently, I was giving a school tour to a prospective family and sharing how Warsaw Christian School is known for its family atmosphere. Later, I shared the blessings of how we are growing in size. The dad then asked, “Are you worried you will lose the family atmosphere if you keep growing like this?” That thought never even crossed my mind before. I shared with him how the common thread of the love of Christ binds us together and makes our school a family.

But later that day when I was thinking about this conversation and praying for our school, I asked the Lord if we would lose that family atmosphere if we continue to grow in size. And as soon as I asked the Lord that, I heard a family that prays together stays together. Immediately, I knew this is what makes Warsaw Christian School so great. This is what makes us a family. It is not because we are a smaller school that works hard at learning and growing together. It is because we pray for one another every day.

As I continued reflecting, I remembered the times as a classroom teacher I witnessed students daily praying for each others burdens. I thought about the many moments when students would stop what they were doing to pray for a classmate who was having a rough day. I recalled the many prayer requests that rolled over to blessings and praises and the heartfelt celebrations that came along with those.

There is something miraculous that happens in the hearts of Christ-followers when prayer is the foundation of their relationship. I am so thankful that God uses prayer to bind us together and so very thankful that prayer is an integral part of every day here.  Warsaw Christian School does have a family atmosphere and that is largely due to the fact that a family that prays together stays together.

Thank you God, for the blessings of praying with my family.

~Tricia Deisch

Soaring High on Grandparents’ Day

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I am not sure who was soaring higher on Grandparents’ Day, Denise and me in the Development Office, or the kids. You see we had been on the receiving end of mountains of blessings from area businesses, parents, and PTF volunteers to make this day happen. And the kids, well they were excited about having all of their favorite things wrapped up in one monumental crazy Grandparents’ Day carnival morning. They were over the top excited about the bounce house inflatable, popcorn, carnival games, candy walk, and a balloon artist who was worth a crazy mile long line. Not to mention the half day of school! Their happy face- painted grins, giggles, and non- stop movement, with their favorite grand-persons in tow, proved they were soaring pretty high.

We were soaring because of the countless prize tokens, grade level themed baskets, and parent volunteer hours being donated to our Grandparents’ Day. In addition to all of that, the Warsaw and Winona Lake community went over the top donating items ranging from automobile services, day trips, to fan memorabilia and everything in between to benefit our literacy silent auction. Our office was busting at the seams; we began stashing gifts in the building the way squirrels hide their nuts for the winter. We were Maxxinistas of space and soaring on God’s blessings on a daily basis!

So, this Grandparents’ Day it may be a toss up on who was actually soaring the highest, and just maybe it wasn’t even the kids or Denise and me. Maybe it was the Grandparents. As I was passing through a busy hallway that day, I overheard a grandpa tell his grandma wife, “There is nothing better than being a grandpa.” I loved hearing the deep pride and joy in his voice. I loved seeing the smiles on the grandparents’ faces as they watched their grand kids be kids. So, I guess it doesn’t really matter who was actually soaring the highest on this Grandparents’ day. The truth is we soared. We soared on God’s amazing abundant blessings!

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1 

Thank you Marah Grant Photography for capturing the moment for us!!