Transplant: Middle School Spiritual Explosion 2015 (Video Blog)

We had a blast at this year’s Middle School Spiritual Explosion last week. It was great to see God working to impact and change student’s lives up at camp, and it is our commitment to continue that journey towards the Lord back at campus.

Thanks to Mr. Marco Mejia and the band for leading in a powerful time of worship, and Jay Koopman for bringing the word! Check out this great video recap from last week!

Transplant: Spiritual Explosion 2015

When we think of explosions, we often envision fireworks or other loud and spectacular visuals. The lights and sounds accompanying explosions aren’t easily forgotten. At Spiritual Explosion, we hope to accomplish the same lasting impact on our students – a life changed by the spectacular presence of God.

Every year, middle school and high school students spend three days at camp on a retreat. The change of sceneery from the busyness of homework and due dates allows us to meet with God and encounter Him in a fresh, exciting new way. Whether this is the sixth time or the first, we pray that it will be a fun-filled week of bonding with fellow students, teachers, and a chance to learn a ton!


Take a look at this passage from the Bible that coincides with this year’s camp theme:

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.” Ezekiel 36:26-28

In these verses, we read about an Israel that was in trouble. They had given themselves to false gods and had fallen into all kinds of sin – in other words, they were a mess. They continually rebelled against God, so He punished them according to His covenant by removing them from the land.

But God provided a solution for Israel’s problem: a “spiritual transplant.” Here in Ezekiel, we find that He promised to remove their spiritually dead hearts and give them spiritual life – a brand-new, beating, living heart. He did this by giving them his Spirit so that they might know Him, love him, and be His people. He promised to bring them back to the land and bless them. This kind of transformation and encounter with God is what we pray for the students. That is is why we named this year’s camp “Transplant.”

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We believe that this spiritual transplant is the same kind that Jesus offers us in John 3, when He says that all people must be born again from above in order to enter the kingdom of God. It is a spiritual transformation that God offers to men, women, and children of every nation and that includes us! If we simply put our trust in Jesus, we will be saved.

Our prayer at Southlands is that we all can experience this anew or for the very first time these upcoming weeks.

See you at camp!

Experiencing the Harvest Crusade: A Reflection from Mr. Lee

This year, the Southlands blog will periodically feature voices from across campus. Students, faculty, and staff will share their thoughts and have a chance to share their heart with the rest of the Southlands family in this space.

This week, Campus Pastor Steve Lee shares his perspective from a weekend trip to the Harvest Crusade with 45 of our students and about 10 of our staff and teachers. The Harvest Crusades have taken place here in Southern California for the past 29 years at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. These events are designed for Christians to bring family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors to hear the Gospel message presented in an impactful way. 

This weekend, our students attended and enjoyed music from Lacey Sturm and Lecrae, worshipped with Phil Wickham, and heard the Gospel presented anew from Pastor Greg Laurie. Here are some reflections from Mr. Lee.


I am always thrilled to witness God going beyond my expectations; it’s in those moments that I realize just how small my faith is. He did it again this past Saturday. We attended the Harvest Crusade in Anaheim this weekend with about 45 of our students, and I found that I was asking myself this simple question: who moved their hearts and who actually brought them to the Harvest Crusade? The answer, of course, was God.

When I saw the joy on the faces of our students, many of whom I didn’t even expect to come, I was simply amazed. It was God’s work! And seeing 45,000 people come together just to worship and hear from God, shouting out and raising their hands to lift up His name, I was struck by the majestic manifestation of God’s glory.  At one point, I looked up and asked God, “Do you see this, God? Do you see all these people shouting out Your name? We are all here just for you. Do you see these young students trying to live for You?”  I felt like I saw a big smile on His face and I literally felt His joy.  This is it! This is why we do what we do!

I also realized that what God is doing is bigger than our school.  God is raising up the next generation for His kingdom. I have an undeniable confidence that God will use our school to expand His Kingdom and to make disciples of all nations, ultimately for His name to be glorified.  He has started His good work this year and He will surely complete it.  He will do only the things that He can do, just like He did last Saturday.  All praise to Him alone! This has been a great start to what promises to be a good year.

– Steve

Embracing Community: A Message from the SLC President

This year, the Southlands blog will periodically feature voices from across campus. Students, faculty, and staff will share their thoughts and have a chance to share their heart with the rest of the Southlands family in this space.

This week, we hear from the Student Leadership Council President Sabrina Chueh, who shares some thoughts from the first week of school.



When I first came to America, I was full of excitement for what was ahead. But I also missed home like crazy. Whenever I struggled with something, I would always doubt my decision to come to America. But God helped me to remember that He brought me here for a good reason, even when I couldn’t see it sometimes. With that in mind, I began to reach out to teachers and find ways that I could serve the school, and it has been so different ever since. The amount of support and care I have received was way more than I could have done for this school, and I was surprised to realize that I now had a place to call home. There are people here who truly care about me, and it has been such an impact in my life ever since.

Because we want this to be the experience of every new student at Southlands Christian, the Student Leadership Council has been at the front gate to greet students each morning. One of the main goals of SLC is to create a friendly campus and make each student feel like they are a part of a bigger family. Our SLC members have sacrificed their sleep because they understand that each student is going through different things in life. We want to show them that it doesn’t matter where they come from, and that there is someone here that welcomes them and would like to be friends with them.

At first, some of our fellow students were shocked by us and gave shy responses. But by the second day, these students began to greet us first! Each positive response has encouraged us to know that our effort has made an impact in making our school a better place. More importantly, we want to be a reflection of Jesus Christ’s love for others.

Our hope is that this friendly atmosphere does not end after the first week, but becomes a habit we build together as a school throughout the year. SLC is going to continue to do what we can to achieve this goal, and we are going to need each and everyone of you to participate and become a member of this great family!

So if you are ever struggling with a different environment, don’t say “no I can’t do it because it’s just too different.” Yes, it is different. Acknowledge that life is not ever going to be the same; things are going to come at you unexpectedly. But trust me on this: if you are willing to face it with a positive attitude, it’s going to expand your world like you have never imagined before. So before you give up and say “it’s just too different,” don’t forget that there is a God who’s almighty and He has the perfect plan for you.

– Sabrina


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First Day of the 2015-2016 School Year!

We’re back!

Southlands Christian Schools welcomes our students to the beginning of what we believe will be one of our finest years yet. We pray that the Lord will take you to new heights, bring about new friendships, and create memories that will last a lifetime! As we usher in the 2015-2016 school year, we begin together. Unified onto one campus, we believe that Southlands will move forward with one goal in mind: Southlands Christian Schools exists to educate students in excellence and integrity; to lead and impact society by fulfilling their destinies for the glory of God.

Happy first day to all of our students, parents, and teachers!

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Welcome to The New Southlands Christian School Campus

We are looking forward to having all of the students back on campus this upcoming Monday. While everyone has been out this summer, we have finished up a few new classrooms. This year we are excited about having a new combined campus, bringing together our schools to one location. In addition, we have added a brand new chemistry lab, weight room, and a new student gazebo that is slated to finish construction very soon. We keep on growing, and are excited to have more classrooms on our new campus then we had on our old one, and to also have a growing student body. Take a look at some of the pictures of our newly renovated campus, and we look forward to seeing you all next week!

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