The project is budgeted at $2 million. Perhaps a little background on the school would help. Pacific Academy is a Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 12 school that follows the British Columbia curriculum and currently has 1400 students on a 38 acre campus in Surrey, BC. The constitution of the school requires that 75% of students and teachers attend a Pentecostal Church or give indication they have received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit with Acts 2 evidence. Pacific Academy is, to our knowledge, the only Pentecostal school certified as an International Baccalaureate school. This academic distinction is a source of pride and joy.
Bishop Gordon McDonald's involvement began before the school opened during the time they were writing the constitution and finding a location along with hiring staff. Gordon was one of the founding members of the board. He retired from the board two years ago after serving 30 years, the last 13 as Chairman.
Gordon wrote the following in his closing statement, "I always enjoy reading Hugh's News. It serves very well to keep me attached to our IPHC family no matter where I am in the world.
[Editor's Comment: It has been my privilege to know and work closely with Gordon McDonald for decades because of my involvement with the World Missions Ministries of the IPH as a conference director of World Missions in the Alabama Conference and the Georgia Conference, and then, serving as a member of the IPHC World Missions Ministries Board. He always contributes to any board he may serve on. He has great ability to size up a presenting problem and offer a reasonable and practical solution. He is a persuasive speaker, and loves missionaries and global evangelism. I am grateful for his friendship. One of his sons is an officer in Special Force of the United States Army. To show his love for our soldiers, sailors, marines, and guardsmen, he contributed to help me raise money to give our active service member in Iraq and Afghanistan Psalm 91 bandannas. I will never forget his generosity.