On April 20, 2006, we dedicated our beautiful new school building. The building itself was a great miracle in that it was begun and finished within 8 months. One contractor told us that even in the US with all the best equipment and experienced workers, this could not have been accomplished. We started school in March and then had the dedication of the building in April. The school was dedicated in honor of the life of Cassie Bernall, one of the teenagers who was killed in Columbine High School in 1999. In the school office, a photo of Cassie is displayed with the following inscription:
In Honor of the Life of Cassie Bernall
On April 20, 1999, two students entered Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, armed with guns and pipe bombs, and killed many students. The next day, the news broadcasts told the story of one young lady who was in the library of the school. With the point of the pistol held to her head, one of the gunmen asked her if she believed in God. She answered, “Yes,” He asked, “Why?” and then pulled the trigger, sending her into the arms of her Savior. That young lady was Cassie Bernall. The question that many have asked is “Where did she find the courage to answer, Yes, knowing that it would cost her life?” The answer is that God had given her the courage and strength to sustain her faith. The day before she died, Cassie had written a note to a friend in her class. She said, “Honestly, I want to live completely for God. It is hard and scary, but worth it all.” Several days before that, another note was written by Cassie that read, “I will die for my God. I will give my life for my faith. It is the least I can do for Christ who died for me.” Today, April 20, 2006, seven years after the death of Cassie Bernall, we are dedicating the school and kindergarten of Destino del Reino in honor of the life of Cassie, with the desire that the students of Destino del Reino, both now and in the future, will be courageous in their faith and will live and die for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ.