Valiant Cross Academy: Rise Above

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed.  Never throw out anyone.”- Audrey Hepburn

I took a detour downtown Tuesday morning, to a place that kept my eyes tear-filled and my heart throbbing with pride.

Valiant Cross Academy.

An all boys, private Christian School, smack dab in the heart of Montgomery.


A new school to town, only up and running around 2 months, but the power that this school holds makes it feel like it’s been here all along.

I rang the front door to the school, nervous, hoping that they would be ok with me just prancing through with my camera and a smile… 🙂

They totally were.  In fact, you could tell these boys were used to visitors. 

I walked into the Language & Social Studies class and was immediately greeted by “the visiting coordinator”.

IMG_3678THIS^^^ adorable little fella (AKA visiting coordinator) immediately rose from his seat, walked over to me, shook my hand, and introduced himself.  The confidence was present and he wanted to show me ALL that he was learning.

He took me to his computer to show me how he was learning to write a letter.

He wanted me to see how his computer “lets your letters change if you don’t like how they look”.  He said “Mrs. Bell, it’s called ‘changing your font’… its very fancy.”

AH, my heart.


The teacher looked up and said “class, we have a visitor, let’s tell her hello.”

and they did.

with a beat.

One boy started a beat, one boy started the chant, and then they all joined in.

all to simply say hello.


I continued walking around the class, and stopped when I saw one of the boys writing a letter to one who is so dear to my heart.

IMG_3682I knelt down.

“What’s your name?”

“Cameron” he replied.


“Im Laura Jean, what’s your last name?” I smiled back.

“Bell” he said.

“Mine too!” I said.

“You’re my Sister then!” he said, hoping I understood what he meant.


We immediately exchanged high fives when we realized we were kin.


IMG_3675These sharp young men have no clue that they are making history.

They have no clue that they are changing the course of their own lives and the lives to come after them.

They have no clue how far they are going to go in life.

They have no clue how many are touched by their lives.

IMG_3692 2I couldn’t help but marvel at the stories that were shared with me by their staff.

The stories of God’s unending faithfulness as this school was being built and how it continues to build.

These kids are the product of a city that sent a shock wave around the world.

The events and moments that happened right outside the doors to their school 50 + years ago was merely a foreshadowing to the glory that the Lord would unfold through THEM.

They are the future.

Sharp. Smart. Spirit Led.

IMG_3698What made my heart ooze with pride was more than just seeing a bunch of sharp dressed 12 year old boys…

It was meeting the men who are leading them.

IMG_3695These boys have confidence, renewed minds, strength, courage, and dignity, because there are men in their lives who are telling them daily that they are capable… adequate… enough.

They remind them that they are warriors.

They remind them that no matter what happens in their lives that they can rise above.

IMG_3694They are important to them.

When someone makes you feel important, the level of respect you have for them goes beyond what could imagine.

Those students respect their leaders, because their leaders value them.

Instead of giving these boys fish for the day, they are teaching them HOW to fish.

They are educating them with knowledge and the love of Christ.

To the leaders and all who have journeyed to make Valiant Cross Academy a reality, we see you, we notice you, we appreciate you. Because without you, this marvelous place wouldn’t exist.

IMG_3696We are a city that has struggled to stay above water for decades.

We are city that changed the course of history, on more than one occasion.

We are a city that hosted crime.

We are city that celebrated freedom.

We are a city that changed the world,

and Valiant Cross Academy is changing generations.

18 thoughts on “Valiant Cross Academy: Rise Above

  1. Love this and so proud of Montgomery for finally making a change in education and creating rising leaders for generations to come!

  2. Wow! Thank you for sharing so beautifully the hope we have for this generation! God is moving mightily through Valiant Cross Academy.

  3. The boys and I just read this together for bellwork. We all agreed that this is a very impressive blog. We are so humbled to have been chosen by God to be a part of something amazing he wanted to do. We are also humbled by this article. Our hearts are full, our days are busy but the thankfulness in our hearts continue to grow. Thank you for coming to visit us.

  4. Lovely article about this fabulous school! Many of us feel this school will be the catalyst for a revival in Montgomery. Great things are happening at Valiant Cross Academy! Thanks for sharing your article, which is so full of heart!

  5. thank you for coming by and taking these pictures and sharing this wonderful story of how God is not only blessing these young scholars, but also how they are blessing the city of Montgomery. Great blog……

  6. Wow Laura….your way with words in letting us know about this marvelous academy. Priceless….absolutely priceless.

  7. This story brought tears to my eyes. You truly have a way with words! My son attends Valiant Cross and loves the school & staff. All that you’ve said is true! This school is a true blessing to my family!

  8. Bravo. This piece confirmed why I read your blogs. I have walked many miles, seen all perspectives, cried for innocent children and felt for the hurt, lost, and angry. And you wrote what I have wanted to speak. Don’t ever lose your voice; it’s like an angel. May God give these young boys, leaders, you, others, and this town heart, courage, wisdom, forgiveness and above all else – love.

  9. Wow! I had no idea this school is here but so glad that it is. Thanks for sharing and telling our community about this great school. God is working even when we do not see.

  10. Beautifully written! Montgomery is my hometown, and some of the things that happen there today make me sad. To know that these boys are part of the future of that city does my heart good. Thank you for sharing!

  11. I am so excited about the vision that God has given these men. Continue to be lead by God, because He say what you do for others He will do for you. Raising up men we need, and raising up examples we want to see. Keep up the good work!!

  12. Kingdom mindset! I love it! What the leaders and teachers of Valiant Cross Academy deposit into the young men they will withdraw and become warriors for future fruits! I can’t wait until my nephew is of age to attend!

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