I want to thank each and every one of you for taking such a strong interest in our son and the desire, time, and patience to work with him each and every day and all the while showing him that he is loved and valued as a person. We are overwhelmed with how much you all love the Lord and all of these boys. It was the most difficult decision we have ever made. Is this the right place, will he be safe, is this God’s will, will he be ok, will he hate and resent us, will he feel rejected, etc.? Many hours of prayer and research went into our finding Heartland Boys Academy.
I have talked with many parents during my search for a boarding school. I have heard all about the discipline, the accountability, the structure, the schooling, the success rates, etc. All of these are important and part of growing up in life.
However, the thing I didn’t hear about, was how the staff at these other programs works with these kids out of real love for God and love for these kids with a desire to truly make a difference in their lives. Not just while they are in school but by looking towards their future as well. I didn’t hear about the staff at other programs taking the kids to church with them, or to dinner, and even to their own family outings. I didn’t hear about them embracing these kids as their own, and setting the example by living a Godly life. I didn’t hear about the kids doing community service and learning how to give back and to think of others. I didn’t hear about joy and laughter. Basically, I didn’t hear or see Christ shining through the words I was hearing on the phone from them.
All of you at Heartland Boys Academy are examples of what working through God and loving people really mean. And because of this, we have our son back. I pray for each of you every day for God to pour out His blessings on you, for continued strength and patience as you work to help each of the boys at your school. – A Thankful Mom!
“Heartland was the best decision we have made in our entire life. Our son’s life was saved from destruction on this earth and for eternity. The education at Heartland was the finest he could have received anywhere. He became a self-disciplined student with motivated study habits and finished with a 3.9 GPA. He now has the desire and compassion to serve in his community and church, as well as tutoring and mentoring younger kids.”
“We had tried everything we could think of for our troubled son — tough love, Christian counseling, traditional church activities, and homeschooling. But all were to no avail. The military format of Heartland taught John self-control, physical work and teamwork, leadership skills, and integrity. John received love, discipline, forgiveness, and persistent mentoring from dedicated staff members. Gateway is a God-send for our broken family…restoring our relationship with our son. It is a place of hope, a place of love, and a place of renewal.”