The Lord certainly blessed Oneida in 2016, and I’d like to highlight some of those blessings with our year in review.
January: 1. Our boys’ basketball team made the Class A Regional championship game for the first time since 2002. 2. A 1993 graduate from Detroit, Michigan led a revival that had a great impact on our campus.
February: 1. Our new campus minister was hired, marking the first time since 2008 that we’d had a professional counselor on our staff. An added bonus was that his wife had extensive background in running a daycare, which became a need their very first day of service. God always seems to meet our needs in such amazing timing and ways. 2. One of our young ladies became our first-ever 2,000-point scorer in girls’ basketball.
March: 1. Once again, God granted safe travel for every single one of our kids on their Spring Break. There is no better evidence of God’s provision for Oneida than this safe passage of our kids all over the world multiple times per year. 2. We had an amazing Spiritual Emphasis Week (revival).
April: 1. The Barkley Moore Memorial was relocated to an area more frequented by visitors. 2. Banquet season—FFA, Junior/Senior Banquet, and Staff Recognition Banquets were held. 3. The annual spring play.
May: 1. Successful re-accreditation with the Kentucky Non-Public School Commission and Kentucky Department of Education. 2. We sent 54 graduates off to meet the world.
June: 1. We had 75 students work diligently in our summer work program. This teaches our young people the value of hard work and a reduced tuition education. 2. We attended the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting for the first time in many years. 3. A donor agreed to help fund a new facility and our Board of Trustees voted to pursue building a new girls’ dormitory.
July: Over 100 students completed summer school in order to recover credit or get a jump on the following school year.
August: 1. The new school year opened and once again enrollment grew significantly. 2. Several young people gave their hearts to Christ during our first week of school.
September: 1. Many decisions for Christ at our annual fall revival. 2. Boys’ soccer team won the Class A regional and sectional championship for the fourth consecutive year.
October: Three hundred guests flooded our campus for homecoming.
November: 1. Our volunteer season wrapped up. We were blessed by nearly 700 volunteers this year. 2. Annual Thanksgiving meal saw a full cafeteria with students, staff and guests.
December: We celebrated our Savior’s birth with an International Christmas Around the World, A Walk to Bethlehem, and Hanging of the Green.
Thank you, Kentucky Baptists, for helping make 2016 a banner year for our ministry!