16 Jul Welcome Home — to LCA
Once upon a time, Anthony and Sarah Tilzer separated and had a terrible custody battle over their son Chase, which was finalized in 2010.
But that wasn’t the end of the Tilzers’ story. It was the beginning.
We’ll let Sarah tell the rest:
Chase and I started attending Life Center every weekend with my dad. It changed my life. For the first time I felt unafraid, secure, and that I was loved, no matter what my struggles were. I met so many wonderful people. They prayed for Chase, Anthony, and me as many times as I needed them to. Which was often.
When it was time to enroll Chase in school, there was no question in my mind. He belonged at Life Christian Academy. I checked all the schools in the area, even ones that weren’t in our school district. But none compared to LCA. Life Christian Academy was the only place that felt like home every time you walked in. All the staff are amazing. Learning is fun for the students. Volunteering is a blast at all the events.
Chase loved Life Christian Academy from the start. When I asked how his first day went, he said, “Best Day Ever!” We started inviting Anthony to come, and over time, he got involved in the events, field trips, chapel, holiday parties, and volunteering.
Being part of Life Christian Academy together began bringing us together as a family. There was a change in all of us for the better and I believe it is because of God’s strong presence. He is with us and we never had to struggle alone again without Him.
God is always number one. Just believe and talk to Him; He is there and loves you no matter what.
Anthony and I started attending Life Center’s Marry Me classes, and were married on July 27, 2013. When we explained to Chase we would all be living together as a family, his response was, “I knew it!” He said he had asked God to get his mom and dad back together. “I heard God answer,” Chase told us. “He said, ‘I can do that!’”
In January 2013, we were selected to build a house with Housing Kitsap. On Oct. 31, 2013 we got our keys and moved to Port Orchard. Chase enrolled in public school.
We did the best we could to make a happy life there, but it just wasn’t working. Chase didn’t understand why the kids at his new school were so mean. He would not stop talking about Life Christian Academy.
Our hearts were back on the other side of the bridge and we all knew it.
We stopped by the LCA office and walked up to Karen. She greeted us with, “Welcome home, Tilzer Family!” And that is just what it is: our home, our foundation, our support, our rock!
We love our family at Life Center and Life Christian Academy, and are so grateful to be back.
Chase likes to say, “You can take the kid out of Life Christian, but you can never take Life Christian out of the kid!” Once an Eagle always an Eagle.