The Maricopa Village Seventh-day Adventist Church strongly believes that the history and culture of the Native Pima-Maricopa people should not only be preserved, but celebrated and enriched through a well-rounded Christian education for its children. This whole-person education can ultimately lead them, along with their families, to a more prosperous life and a deep, meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.
Despite its idyllic setting in the shadows of the Estrella Mountains, as well as its seclusion from the surrounding metropolis, this community has been ravaged by society’s most menacing ills. Maricopa Village Christian School (MVCS) provides a haven where young, vulnerable, and impressionable children can experience education the way it should be: free from violence, guns, drugs, profanity, bullying, and stereotypical (and prejudiced) labels. MVCS provides its students a safe, stable, caring, and nurturing environment in an atmosphere of academic and spiritual excellence. The school serves as an incubator for students’ dreams and facilitates a connection to God, who is able to make them come true.
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4, NIV.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7, NKJV
As the students attend, cultural and biblical instruction are woven seamlessly into their daily activities. Inclusion of the families in the many school field trips gives students and families exposure to a world they have been unable to know much about. The interaction builds relationships, strengthens families, and connects them with the communities around them.
While MCVS has an enduring and compelling history, its mission is ongoing and far from complete. Given the daunting and overwhelming challenges of poverty, apathy, disease, and disparities, as well as the lack of progress, resources, knowledge, and understanding of the Gospel message, many in the area perceive this mission as futile and impossible. At MVCS, we believe Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:26: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” NIV
Our collective aim is for MVCS to thrive, prosper and fulfill its mission until Jesus returns. Knowing that faith without works is dead, MVCS has developed a long-term strategy for sustainability. While we rely completely on the support of the church and its donors, we hold fast to God’s promise that nothing is impossible with Him. He has heard the cries of those who have come upon hard times, just as He sees every sparrow that falls.