Over the last month we have felt blessed for many different reasons which has gone a long way to re-energize us in our home life and ministry.
As a way of piggy backing on the last post I wrote we are happy to announce the loan went through and we were able to receive the first installment. We immediately applied for the next couple and hope they will come soon. However, with this first part we were able to pay off our little debt we had from building and finish putting in all of the window, almost all of the flooring, the gutters, and some stone on the outside of the house. Thank you for your prayers in this area. Please continue to pray for us, especially Nona as she does most of the work in regards to paperwork and buying materials since my schedule hinders me from doing most of these things.
The greatest part of this last month occurred this past week. I waited to write this post so I could share all about our school’s Spiritual Emphasis Week. (I should have sent out at least an emial so you could be praying). The week was great though. We had Dr. Jim Speigel, a philosophy and ethics professor at Taylor University, speak this week on the topic of integrity. Dr. Speigel was invited because his son Bailey and his friend Ryan are both at the school as exchange students this semester. I have both of them in my high school health class so it was nice to meet Bailey’s father.
Our main focus for this week was discipleship driven versus evangelism, which was our first semester focus. Most of the sessions were geared toward the high school students, however we quickly learned the middle school was grasping the concepts and God was working in their hearts. At the beginning of the week two seventh grade girls came up to us seeking to be discipled. They both come from non-christian families and knew they couldn’t do anything outside of school and were seeking someone to meet with them during lunch and recess. We were able to have one of our groups move to those times so they can participate.
Another praise from the week came yesterday when we heard a sixth grade girl gave her life to Christ. She approached our Librarian, Rebekah Kelly, during one of the small group sessions and asked if they could talk more about what it means to give your life to Christ. Yesterday, after talking, she decided to make that step! She will be plugged into a discipleship group at the beginning of next week!
This past month the middle school participated in one of the four community services days we have each year. This time we were able to return to a retirement home, which we have been going to once a year for five years now. The kids love it. Usually we go on Father’s day and serve lunch and then join in the festivities and dance with them. Since Father’s day is on a Saturday this year and during our Easter break, we just went and served lunch and spent an hour talking with the men and women. Each time I take a group there I am always amazed at the love these students pour out on the residents; this year was no different.
As far as hiring for next year, God has been providing many great candidates and we have been able to fill two positions so far. The first is a new high school Bible teacher. His name is Dr. Bill Hill. I was able to interview him personally and when I was done it was one of those situations where you knew if we did not hire this guy we would be making a HUGE error.
The second position actually involves myself. I was not able to speak about this possibility, but after a few months of praying and many conversations with a three trusted people, next school year I will be moving out of the classroom and will be the new Assistant Principal. I am sad to not be in the classroom with the students each day, however I am very excited about this new role. It will require me to take some classes and attend some seminars, however I am able to push the masters work off for a couple years because of our building project. I do wish I could have been open about it to everyone so that you could be praying, however now that I am able to announce this I would ask for your prayers as I will be doing some job shadowing this semester in preparation for July when I will officially take over.
Please be in prayer for the school as we continue to interview people and are looking to hire around seven more people for various positions from 1st grade to high school.
To finish I would like to share just a couple of fun things that have happened for us over this month that were both answers to personal prayers but also complete surprises. First being that a donor to the school provided me with a brand new laptop. I was in need of a new one as my old laptop was taking over 10 minutes to start up and coming to its last days. I was praying for a new one and hoping the one I had would make it to the end of the school year. So, needless to say I am thrilled with this new gift.
We were also given, as a gift from Nona’s parents, a trip to Tampa, FL for Easter break. This was completely unexpected, however they wished for the family to be together and visit Nona’s brother and his family. So, next weekend we will be in Florida for one week. This is even more special as we will be able to visit with a couple of our prayer partners and financial supporters during this time and are looking forward to seeing them.
Finally, we were able to go to a soccer game this week to see our favorite team from La Paz, Bolivar, play against my third favorite team in the world, Boca Juniors from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was an amazing game and an incredible experience. I have been to many soccer games and many sporting events in the US and there is nothing that compares to a stadium full of people and your favorite team almost winning a David vs Goliath match. We were winning the entire game and then in the last 5 seconds of the game they scored on a beautiful shot to tie the game. Heartbreaking!!!!! I took some pictures to show a little bit of the environment. I took a couple small videos too but couldn’t find them in my phone when I was trying to transfer them over.
It really has been a great month for us as a family and for the school. We feel extremely blessed by God and thankful that He takes care of us in the big and important things in life and even in the little things.
Thank you again for your prayers and support each month. Please continue to pray for us in some of the things mentioned above and for the school that God would continue to use us in making disciples. We love you and as always please send us your prayer requests so that we can be in prayer for you as well.