Sandra Daly, Secondary Teacher
I was privileged to visit northern Italy during the last school holidays. The weather was glorious and I managed to miss the devastating floods which again ravaged the Hawkesbury. Italy is full of amazing castles, cathedrals and cafes. On every street corner there are infinite choices for cappuccino and cake.
I particularly enjoyed visiting the majestic cathedrals and churches and I was constantly reminded of the timeless nature of the Gospel. I gazed on 1,000 year old frescoes, still as fresh and vibrant as the day they were painted. They all told stories from Scripture, some in rather gruesome detail, but all faithful to the Truth. We know that the Gospel does not change; the truth “is the same yesterday, today and forever”, but to see the stories displayed by painters from so long ago was humbling and reassuring. The baptistry of Parma Cathedral showed the whole creation story in 12 majestic panels that left the viewer in no doubt of the might and power of our great God.
In this celebration year for Kuyper I am reminded of our pioneers, their faithfulness to God and their dream of teaching children about the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have been associated with Kuyper for 37 years and in all that time the Board and staff have never wavered from their original purpose, to glorify God; the same purpose that inspired the painters of Parma cathedral, 1,000 years ago.