With nothing but a little bit of faith and a $10 note, this is the story of how Parklands Christian College came to be.
In the year 2000, the soon-to-be principal at Parklands Christian College David Baskerville accepted a calling from God to start a brand-new Christian school in Logan West. Despite seemingly impossible setbacks, one miracle after another fell into place to secure the foundation which Parklands Christian College rests upon today.
Pastor Rod at Parklands Christian Centre agreed that if a school could be started successfully, David Baskerville would become the principal. On a mission of faith, the pair set out to meet the owners in hopes of securing a large block of land behind the church.
The owners agreed that the cost of the land – a total of $360’000 – could be paid back over three years using the funds generated by the school. But there was a small problem – a 10% deposit of $36’000 would be needed to secure the deal.
That Sunday, Mr Baskerville spoke to the church about the project and hoped the congregation would provide the necessary funds. At the end of the service, he looked inside the offering box to find it completely empty – not a single coin was inside.
There he was approached by a member of the congregation, Naomi Contador, who handed him a crumpled piece of paper. Inside he found a $10 note and a handwritten message, which said;
“We have $0 + $10 = $10… this $10 in the future will be millions of dollars to building the school.”
Mr Baskerville said God then spoke to him.
“Despise not the day of small beginnings…. for you shall rejoice.” (Zechariah 4:10)
Parklands Christian College was established the following year.
In the last two months before the final land payments were required, the funding was nowhere in sight. After praying for a miracle, Mr Baskerville received a call from an employee at Westpac bank. Although Parklands was too small to meet their funding requirements, the school was promised the funds, and two weeks later they officially owned the property the school was built on.
“It was a miracle,” Mr Baskerville said.
“We started the school with $10 and a note encouraging us to believe.”
20 years later, Parklands Christian College continues to thrive.
The $10 note and the handwritten letter are in a picture frame which hangs in the principal’s office to this day.