Weekly Word – Mar. 22, 2021

I have been sending a weekly message to the FCS community for many years. Today as I write this final message, I do so with many fond memories and emotions. For Katie and I, retiring and leaving FCS fills us with a lifetime of memories in which we have seen a little Christian school in Southwest Miami grow to become a shining light to this community for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a great example of Christian education to our community, and around the state. Our memories are filled with those of the people that God has allowed us to minister to and serve with over the years. From the many students that I taught and we coached in the early years, to the amazing staff, faculty, and student body of today, we have been blessed with the opportunity to serve here at FCS. Our prayer is that under the leadership of Dr. Jason Harrison FCS will flourish and reach new heights for the cause of Christ and Christian Education here in Miami.

When I began my administrative leadership at FCS, I succeeded the man that brought me to Miami and to FCS, Linton Fowler. As a young athlete I played against his teams at FCS (1968) and had always admired and looked up to his coaching and leadership style and faithfulness to the Gospel. He was a great influence in my life and an example of servant leadership in the ministry of FCS. Years later, when Dr. Fowler left FCS, the board president was Mr. David Class. Mr. Class and his wife Diane came along side Katie and me, as we transitioned to the leadership of the school and were a great influence in our lives. We remain close to Mrs. Class and her sons who still pray and supports FCS to this day.

From those early days until today, I have served with many School Board Presidents, all of whom are godly men who loved FCS and who I greatly admire and respect. When I announced to the school board over a year ago that Katie and I would be retiring, our current board president, Mr. Bob Felder, led the school board in beginning the process of following God’s will in the transition of leadership here at FCS. That search has resulted in our new head of school, Dr. Jason Harrison, coming to FCS and assuming the leadership of this ministry. I believe he is God’s man for our school and look forward to his vision and leadership in the coming years at FCS. I ask for your complete support for Dr. Harrison and his family as he begins his ministry here at FCS.

In the process of transitioning from a career in Christian education to “retirement,” there are several verses that are an encouragement to Katie and me. Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Another verse that is an encouragement in a time of transition is Romans  8:28-30, which says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” Katie and I are confident that just as the Lord has blessed us and guided our lives throughout these many past years here at FCS, He will continue to be with us in the future as well as we seek to honor Him with our lives.

So, in this farewell message, my prayer is that in some way, each of those who have read these messages over the years will have been encouraged in the Lord and in their faith. For me, writing these weekly messages has allowed me a platform to reach out to the entire FCS community every week. Please pray for Katie and me as we enter this new stage in our lives. We want to continue to be used of the Lord and are open to serving Him in whatever He has in store for us. We will always lift up our FCS family in our prayers and will cherish all of the great memories that we take with us from the years the Lord has allowed us to serve Him here.

May the Lord bless each of you. It has been a great privilege and honor to serve with you and for you.

Dr. and Mrs. Andrews