Impact - Exploring the Impact of James Valley Christian School

Introducing Charlie and Evie Borchard

August 30, 2019 Season 1 Episode 2
Impact - Exploring the Impact of James Valley Christian School
Introducing Charlie and Evie Borchard
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Impact - Exploring the Impact of James Valley Christian School
Introducing Charlie and Evie Borchard
Aug 30, 2019 Season 1 Episode 2
Coalt and Elijah

Second episode and haven't gotten rid of all of the mic issues -- bear with us we will...or we will try to! Elijah and Coalt visit with Charlie and Evie Borchard.  Charlie is the Bible teacher at James Valley Christian School, and his wife Evie works in the development office as the event coordinator. We think that you will really enjoy a short glimpse of this couple's heart and love for King Jesus.  If you would like to support the Impact podcast and technology at James Valley Christian School, you can do that HERE!

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Second episode and haven't gotten rid of all of the mic issues -- bear with us we will...or we will try to! Elijah and Coalt visit with Charlie and Evie Borchard.  Charlie is the Bible teacher at James Valley Christian School, and his wife Evie works in the development office as the event coordinator. We think that you will really enjoy a short glimpse of this couple's heart and love for King Jesus.  If you would like to support the Impact podcast and technology at James Valley Christian School, you can do that HERE!

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Speaker 1:
0:05
[inaudible]
Speaker 2:
0:05
welcome to impact where we're exploring the impact of James Valley Christian school. You're listening to this second episode, and if you listened to the first episode in our back, we really appreciate that. If you're new, thanks for tuning in. And in this episode we have Charlie and Evie Burchard with us. Charlie is the new Bible teacher at James Sallie Christian school. His wife Eve works in the development office as the event coordinator and we're really glad to have them on the show today.
Speaker 1:
0:37
Okay. Welcome to the welcome to the podcast. The impact is what we're talking about. Elijah and I are here. We just want to to welcome, um, this is kind of awkward because what's going to have to happen is I feel kind of weird calling you Mr Burchard. Sure. But I'm gonna have to, I just have to, so anyway, for the sake of the podcast, I'm gonna introduce you. How do you, how do you, Charles is Charles or Charlie. Okay. Okay. Charles Bouchard and EMV for sure. Okay. So we are, we are really clad that you are here. Charles is the new Bible teacher at James Holly. Christian school this year. That's good. Evie helped me here. You work in the development office, but what is your event coordinator? Event Coordinator. Okay, so we're there. We're going to take some time and explore a little bit about what you do at James Valley, but let's, let's just back up because I think one of the things that people want to know is who are you?
Speaker 1:
1:50
A lot of the parents want to know that and the students want to know that and the students are going to get to know you. But the parents, and one of the things that, that really even brought up this podcast and in my mind was a conversation that we're having a meeting about something that we used to do in the life of the school where new teachers and staff gave their testimony on a night when parents were gathered together. And I remember doing that and then I just kind of phased out. I don't even remember what it phased out, but it's been a few years now. Just thought, you know, maybe that's, that's kind of missing a little bit. We want to start by just giving you both an opportunity to tell your stories. And if Charlie is wrong, you feel free to step in and correct him. I was watching a youtube video before I came. I don't know how I can go watch it, but it was this, this guy that was, had a shock collar on and he said, I know my wife so well. I can answer any question that she throws at me. And it was his dogs shot caller and she was like, what day of the week did propose or did you
Speaker 3:
3:00
propose? He's like, I don't know. So she's in shock. She was sending to him. It was a Saturday cause I couldn't take any time off work. Just to the listeners. Now we do not have a shock collar here today. I'd mess with our audio, but that would be a maybe a future episode. So let me just turn it over to you guys. How did, how did you, how did you meet? Sure. We met in seminary. Uh, at first we kind of, uh, I actually noticed her first, um, when we were in a Christian counseling class together and I for a long time actually thought she was married. And so that, you know, kind of made me, uh, well I'll tell you she's married so I'm just going to actually avoid her like the black plague cause I think she's pretty. And uh, and so we have another class together further down the line and we haven't that accidentally sit next to each other and other stuff.
Speaker 3:
4:01
The ring on her finger was a tear to your ring. And that's when I knew that, uh, you know, I could, uh, release the hounds. No, I'm joking. But that's when I knew that she, um, was just, uh, you know, she had certain qualities, um, reserving herself and wanting to just being in seminar, I knew that she would want to be in ministry and that's something that I was looking for in a wife. And so it didn't take me long to ask her out. I think, uh, within a week or so I asked you out and then three weeks later or so you told me that you loved me on accident and, and um, about two months after that we got engaged in the nine months after married, so it got, so yeah, it was pretty quick. Typical Christian, you know, releasing the hounds and that, that's going gonna go viral. You may never live that down. [inaudible]
Speaker 3:
5:01
you have kids writing that on papers. [inaudible] my what seminary to do you go to? We went to gateway seminary. She, she went there right after she got done on the mission field in Mozambique and I went there, the taking a little bit of a small break from seminary. Um, uh, it's in Ontario, California, not Canada, but California, which is in La County. And so we commuted from our homes, which were relatively close together all the way on, on a 45 minute commute to go seminary. Okay. So where are you guys from originally? Originally from southern California. Myself happens to be the same for her, but I'm from a little town called Wildomar or lake Elsinore, like Elsinore. The only thing cool about it is it has a lake but oftentimes has some deadly algae, so you can't really go in and all the time I was born and raised there, I can see the hospital where I was born from my parents' living room window. So born and raised there.
Speaker 4:
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I was born and raised in Riverside telephony. I lived in the same house I was brought to from the hospital up until the end of my college years where I went to Mozambique for two years and I taught homeschool to the other missionary kids or they're called third culture kids now. I also taught English as a second language and then I came back asking, God, what do I do? I had a free year of seminary that I could use and I said, why not? I know I want to be around internationals. I know I want to be around education, let's go to seminary. I didn't know what that held, but it held a lot of good things, including Charlie.
Speaker 1:
6:52
That was the some. Some people might not know what gateway seminary is a affiliated with or can you kind of explain? I didn't, when I first saw it, I didn't go ahead.
Speaker 4:
7:06
Um, gateway seminary used to be called Golden Gate Theological Baptist seminary. It was originally started in the bay area of Northern California and they had a lot of years there, but it just got too expensive and they wanted to go somewhere that was more culturally diverse. So they went right into the melting pot of Los Angeles, or not right into Los Angeles, but close in town. Ontario, California changed their name because all the other changes were happening. So that was a good time. Seen a lot of gross. We have, they have five over five campuses or just five campuses.
Speaker 3:
7:44
I actually don't know. They're all over the
Speaker 4:
7:46
west coast, but it's the farthest west of the southern Baptist seminaries.
Speaker 1:
7:51
Okay. I went to southern Baptist undergraduate school. I go to James Valley,
Speaker 4:
8:00
I work here.
Speaker 1:
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Oh Nice. Okay. Incidents. So let's, let's just back up just a little bit. So that's how you, that's how you met. You met in seminary and you mentioned a e v a little bit about before that, but how did you both come to faith? What does that story look like?
Speaker 3:
8:21
I had the privilege of being born in a Christian home. So a mom and dad are both were, have always been for all my life, solid believers. Same with my three sisters. I have three sisters. And so I, I was really raised in an environment that taught godliness and, and held the Christian values. Um, so that was a really big starting point for me. It wasn't until though I was about 13 years old that I am before the age of 13. I think I said the sinner's prayer and you know, come forward and the answer probably dozens of times, but I can recall a, the age of 13 just before I was baptized, as I truly understood the gospel message. Uh, and so it was, uh, I thought a time that I truly accepted Christ as my savior and was baptized as well. So it's just I'm born and raised in the church, you know, so I understood all I understood that my, my, my, my minds, you know. But it wasn't until I was about 13 years old that it impacted my heart.
Speaker 4:
9:26
Similar story, I was born and raised in a Christian home. My Dad's a pastor of the Calvary Chapel Church in California. And so the Gospel was permeated all throughout my life. It actually impacted me and changed from, um, milling in my mind to knowing in my heart that Jesus was my savior when I was five years old. I'd hear it all the time at VBS is at church and everything. And I realized that Jesus was personal to my parents. She was personal to my Sunday school teachers. They could pray to him whenever they wanted. They knew he forgive their sins, they knew that he was God. And I wanted that too. And I kind of in an attitude way is just like, I want to pray for myself. Like I want to be able to talk to Jesus by myself. I want him in my heart. I don't want you to have to do it.
Speaker 4:
10:18
So after one night of like just terrible dreams, I don't remember what they were, but it woke me up to think about like if I died, where would I be going? If I was all alone, who would I have? And I wanted Jesus and I wanted him in my heart. And since then, um, I prayed the prayer and I was baptized three years later cause my parents wanted to make sure that I actually knew what I was talking about and they could walk the talk and believe the right things. So I was baptized when I was eight and then since then, it's just been a different events in my life that made me realize, yeah, I really did believe that when I was five. I really do still believe that I would want to continue to walk with the Lord. I want to continue to do whatever he tells me. I do go wherever he tells me to go. So my life has always been an empty check and just waiting for God to say, this is what's next. Let me sign this.
Speaker 1:
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Very good. So we're kind of bouncing all over the place here. You guys, you come to faith, God leads you to seminary. That's, that's where you meet. What were you doing in seminary and how were, did you, how did God lead you to James? Sally? Because we are not near California.
Speaker 3:
11:37
Yeah. Well, a little bit opposite in many. Uh, in many ways. Uh, well I went into seminary right after completing a bachelor's degree. I got a bachelor's in political studies and, and so seminary was sort of a shoe in for that, but I went into seminary with the intent of being a chaplain in the army. Um, and so I was actually [inaudible] we know a couple signatures away of being a, a chaplain candidate. And, and I know you guys right now as it would turn out as seminary for me, was a long, long time. I did it over the course of six or seven years. My aim was to not take on number one more than I can chew identically and number two more than I can handle [inaudible]. So I just did a little by little over time and eventually it came to the point where I was coming up to graduate and I'd been in seminary for six to seven years pursuing a master's degree.
Speaker 3:
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And throughout that time there had been seasons where I thought, oh, should I just, you know, should I give up? Should I, should I just go back to work? You know, should I work for now? Maybe go back later or maybe maybe seminaries. And for me, um, I was encouraged though to go back and I think that was just a really a god given saying, where am I? My family just kind of came together and said, no, you need two things. You need to go back to seminary. So we see that there's a call on your life for ministry. So I ended up going back to seminary as a tasting, a little bit of a, of a break in that time. Even in my break, I still took one or two classes for fun. Uh, in the time that I went back to seminary, it was almost time to graduate and it was a couple months away.
Speaker 3:
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January or December coming up may, I would have graduated in June of this year. Um, and so I was working and I actually still work for a nonprofit in California. I work on Saturdays. Uh, online is, it's a party. It was a part time and still is a part time job and it was, you know, we'd been married for a little while. We've been married now for a year and three months as of today. But I knew that we needed to happy one year, three months. Yeah. I knew that we needed to, I needed to do more to provide for the family. And so it was time to look for a part time job. I'll slash using a full time job. Um, I had applied to several places. Uh, it wasn't until that I saw this posting from James Valley. She and I both looked at it and we saw him just as, this is an interesting one, cause this could be the one. And we knew that before we, I even put my application in and applied and as time went on we through much prayer and through much consideration, we can look back through our prayer journals that we did earlier in the year and we synced, see all the times that we prayed for different stages in the compensation process for JVC, s and c, you know, that the prayer was answered in one day. The prayer was answered on and, and so after much prayer and instilling the Lord leading us to be here. So here we are.
Speaker 3:
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That's really cool. Now what did you do in seminary? I understand you worked at the seminary.
Speaker 4:
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Yes, I worked at the seminary. I was firstly an administrative assistant to the president's wife. Clarified, coordinated. Um, and then I switched that job to be part of the um, oh goodness. Not Phd. What was it? Doctor Administer? Doctor of ministry program. And I did the same things, excepted applications, but I also went to school there. I started out in counseling and then I moved to Chaplin C so I have a heart to counsel people and show mercy and be with those in need who need help. But I also just knew that he was finishing and we were running out of money. So I switched my degree to the MTS, which is a little bit shorter than all the other ones that I tried to pursue. But the great thing was was that I finished all the core classes of those minors or those concentrations and then just completed the degree for the field, logical basis of all of it.
Speaker 4:
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So I have all the tools. It just doesn't say chaplain on my degree. And that was just better for me cause I, my Undergrad is in intercultural studies, so I had a lot of that training already. It was just more, I wanted to go to seminary to get more of a, um, understanding how to read the Bible, how to execute it, how to understand it, and be able to teach it better. Because when in intercultural side you hear, you learn how to tell a lot of stories of the Bible. Um, but I was missing that aspect of being able to explain it and teach it to others. Yeah. So my seminary time was not as focused as Charlie's, but it was still fruitful and taught me a lot of theological things that I didn't know before even while growing up in the church and going to a baptist school for Undergrad and being in ministry my whole life. So I was thankful.
Speaker 3:
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Yeah. Throughout the first portion of the year when we were applying, I was applying for different jobs and had already applied to James Valley. We, uh, the first thing I wanted to do was pursue a phd. And so I applied for a phd program. I'd worked really hard in Undergrad and seminary to maintain good grades. It's like manage to get into a phd program. Um, but there were, there were so many hiccups along the way just in the application process on its own that, uh, different things kept happening that, you know, weren't my fault. That would delay the process by a, we can delay it again by three weeks and one time a duplicate files accidentally made for me. And they kept saying, I didn't have all my documents then cause they're looking in the duplicate file. There had nothing in it were all my actual documents were, they're just in a different file.
Speaker 3:
17:48
The crazy thing is that's that's I wanted, after I wanted to pursue being a chaplain, I decided that I wanted to go into academia and I wanted to teach at a higher high level like Bible College or seminary. Um, and so that was, that became my goal. And, and, and so that's when it really what I had worked for for a really long time. All these different things to coming up with the program of my choice. And, and uh, eventually I came out to see, we came out to the application time interview time at Jane's Valley. We flew out here and a week or so asked her about a month late, finally get a letter saying you've been accepted to the PHD program a week after I sent the position at JVC. So it's interesting how God works in his Providence, uh, to show its kind of shoe in for us what she wanted for our lives rather than moving somewhere else and person something that may not have been his will.
Speaker 4:
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Yeah. It was just a, a lot of time for sacrifice on both of our parts. Cause I could have finished my degree in, stayed out and made a stay out there and we would have stayed in the life that we had. But I knew that if God was leading you to this, I could follow because he's made you that leader of our home and also just sacrifice for you. Cause you did have a desire for so long but you really stepped up and said, no, I need to provide for my family and why it was so easy to pick South Dakota was this is a really good place to provide for a family and raise a family here. And so that was a big advantage to just feeling a peace about Jim's valley and moving out this far.
Speaker 5:
19:28
Is part of that having to do with more conservative area that here on is as opposed to maybe more liberal views that you'd see out in California that would maybe be more difficult to raise a child in if, if they're raised in a school that is teaching them that homosexuality is to be accepted and that kind of thing.
Speaker 3:
19:48
Yeah. That, that's exactly one of the major things of what we mean when we say that, that California has as it becomes. So, um, the government governmental system and, uh, even, you know, maybe in my opinion a certain political party has become so lost and s and just, I don't want to say more to pray, but just as becomes, has gone so far down the line of depravity that they are now instituting mandatory sexual education for Tinder gardeners to understand all the different 27 genders and to embrace, um, sexual behavior within those genders as, as you know, okay. When we know that in truth, according to God's word, that's the only kind of relations that are acceptable in the eyes of God or between a man and a wife, a husband and wife. Um, and so that's certainly one saying
Speaker 4:
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and they're not even required to tell the parents when they're teaching these classes.
Speaker 3:
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Parents that have no choice to opt out. If your kid is in public school, the kids have it and the parents won't know. I saw my, my older sister, she has a daughter in first grade I think. Uh, and they had to find out. They had to go searching for when those days were and pulled her daughter out. They eventually moved a little bit before us out of state. Um, but there's this, those things and also be being taxed to support those programs. Uh, it almost is called the ZS. We have the options potentially look elsewhere and, and go out of state to not pay those taxes that are specifically supporting Satan's programs in the state of California. And it Kinda became a burden of guilt for me. I felt convicted that my taxes, which were really high now because I made a lot of money, but just because the taxes are high in California, uh, that all a good caution was going to support sayings that were explicitly in conflict with the word of God. Um, and so that helps. It's not as this South Dakota is the perfect state now. Nowhere is going to be perfect politically. Um, but it does sound sad. A lot of those elements don't exist here.
Speaker 1:
21:57
We are just about out of time. But I do want to, I do want to ask you one more question. I know that Amy, you have been working at James Valley now for a few weeks and then Charlie, you have to one day of in-service. Yeah. Just from your time in the interview process and coming in and being exposed to James Valley on a minimal level, what were some of the things that have impacted you about James Alley so far? What are some of the things that you're, you're excited about seeing more of or
Speaker 4:
22:38
what? I want to see more of envy, a part of just the same lane that's cultivated here. Like everybody loves everybody. And in my last job you wouldn't, you wouldn't need a bunch together even you go your separate ways, but everybody's together during lunch. And I really like that. Just how everybody checks on one another. Like, how's this, how, how's your whatever, how's your farm? Um, they just care and I love that care. Um, and I just, I really love the amount of enthusiasm and yeah, just uh, hearts to give towards this school with all the volunteering and work that gets put together by everybody working together to help provide for this school and allowed students come allow teachers to be paid and staff to be paid. It's really, it's a huge blessing to be a part of that.
Speaker 3:
23:37
On my side of things. Uh, I have been working for one day, but I've come by that throughout the last month or so summer to set up my slowly into trying to get a handle of lesson plans and I've learned just from my work experience that you can tell a lot about an institution after the interview is over in the application processes over and you can really start to understand what the actual culture of the organization is. And today was really, it was a positive thing. It was really refreshing because once the doors were closed, it was still apparent that Jane's Valley is a student centric and it's not, it doesn't, it doesn't close the doors and the teachers don't suddenly become selfish and you know, complain about how much work they have to do or, and then the scheduling isn't as easy for them or whatever as opposed to the students. And I saw genuine concern for the students and for how well they're doing a Nazi dimensions to see the standards that are at James Valley. The academic standards at James Valley far exceed the state requirements, which I think I thought was that was a great thing, but to see that the teachers and the staff care about the students and really put the students first before themselves and and, and their ease and comfort was exactly what I hoped for.
Speaker 1:
25:05
Well good. I just want to, I just want to thank both of you so much for, for coming on the podcast and really our numbers are going to shoot up after that. Uh, what was the hands free releasing the hounds training for sure podcasts. [inaudible] I forgot it. Releasing the hound. Okay. Thank you both.
Speaker 6:
25:33
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Speaker 2:
25:35
you made it through episode number two. Thanks for listening. If you found this podcast beneficial, you can support it and James Valley Christian school, if you go to patron.com/jvc impact, that's patron p a t r e o n.com. I'll put a link to that in the show notes so you can find it. You can find episodes of the impact podcast on the web@jvcimpacteddotbuzzsprout.com if you want to know more about James Valley Christian school, visit the school website@jvcs.org or give the school a call at (605) 352-7737 and there is somebody there that would love to visit with you and Lord Willing, we will see you next.
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