MGC New Life Christian Academy
“You… shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to because the Lord your God has blessed you.” (Deuteronomy 12:7) The truth of this verse was realized in both Makati Gospel Learning Center and New Life Foundational Learning Center. Born on the same year in two different places, both schools started with prayer and a vision to share the Gospel of Christ’s love for all through quality Christian education.
In 1988, the Lord caused a group of Christians to have a vision. This led them to realize that the best way to share the Gospel is through education. Just imagine the difference a Christian school could make if all its workers have the burden to evangelize their students! With not a single cent to start with, the group held the first prayer meeting on June 25, 1988. From then on, they met every last Sunday of the month for prayer. Two years later, they decided to act on what they had been praying for. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3) This verse prompted the group to move forward and experience God’s promise. In June 1991, with a batch of 33 pupils, New Life Foundational Learning Center (NLFLC) opened its first year in Paco.
The school was getting too crowded for its growing population. To address the need, it rented a house while funds were being solicited and a bigger place was being sought. But every time a suitable place was found, the place had already been sold. It seemed that the Lord was closing every door. The lesson of waiting and trusting was learned.
In a not so distant place, the board of deacons of Makati Gospel Church (MGC) was thinking of church growth projects. Being of one heart and led by the Spirit, they started a school in May 1990. A planning committee was formed to work on the project. The school was named Makati Gospel Learning Center (MGLC) in November 1990. It operated as a pre-school for three to five-year old children using the church’s Sunday school rooms as classrooms.
In March 1992, MGC acquired the 1,148-square meter property beside the church building. In 1993, MGLC started offering Grade 1 with a total student population of 83. The school building construction commenced in November 1993. The Lord faithfully provided for both the land acquisition and building construction. In March of 1995, the new school building of MGLC was completed. Now the school was ready for expansion.
The year 1997 was a critical one for the school. The school board decided to shift the English curriculum to the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) program. They believed that this would be better suited to meet the needs of Christian students. Many teachers, however, did not believe that way, and they left. It became clear that MGLC had to look for people who have similar outlook in this issue. At that time, what New Life needed was the infrastructure. What MGLC needed was human resource. The Lord had marvelously worked again. He gave the board of trustees of MGLC and administrators of NLFLC a chance to talk. Since the ideals of both schools were the same, the possibility of a merger was seen. After several weeks of prayer, it became clear that the Lord’s will for both schools were to merge. In 1997, New Life Foundational Learning Center and Makati Gospel Learning Center merged to become the MGC New Life Foundational Learning Center.
In obedience to God’s prompting, 1999 birthed the high school department of the MGC New Life. Consequently thereafter, the school was named MGC New Life Christian Academy.
Towards the beginning of the 21st century, the place in Makati became too cramped for the steady growing population of the school. The School Board and administrators once again sought God for help and guidance. Once again, God pulled through and blessed the School with a 4,976-square meter lot in Taguig City. In June 2004, the students and teachers moved into the new five-storey building that was borne out of God’s faithfulness and grace
Now after more than thirty years of existence, MGC New Life Christian Academy stands true to its commitment of spreading God’s Word and training up children to become Godly leaders in the 21st century.
As we are getting settled in the nice building at Bonifacio Global City that we thought to be our final nest, the students kept coming, and the needs kept growing. Then the K to 12 mandate of DepEd was rolled out. After several attempts to look for properties in the vicinity to lease or purchase, we have to contend with the slice of property that we have and be creative to expand the limited space to accommodate the seeming unending needs of students, teachers and staff, and the community at large.
By faith we pitched our tent to the farthest end of the property line and constructed a seven-storey multi-purpose building to house the facilities that we have been wanting to have — parking, gym, library, and canteen.
Many things may have changed — location, curricula, personnel. But some things are here to stay: the school’s mandate, our obedience, and God’s faithfulness with the intensity and fervor that began the ministry more than thirty years ago.
MGC New Life Christian Academy 14th Drive, University Parkway Bonifacio Global City, Fort Bonifacio Taguig City, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines
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