It’s the first Friday of the school year. The final bell releases 1,600 middle school students into their first weekend of excitement and freedom. There are lots of options to consider for fun after school. However, 80 of them cram into a small portable on the far side of campus for a 90 minute Student Venture meeting.
All eyes and ears are intent on Rachel, a sophomore from the local high school as she shares the story of how God changed her life. Most of the kids are new to Student Venture and Rachel explains what the group is all about. One of the new girls, Aly, is the daughter of Hannah’s first grade teacher from last year (how fun, as I prayed for Aly throughout last year and wondered how God might work in her life).
After the meeting, Jodi, who is new to SV wrote, “[This] was a great first experience. The other day I was listening to my iPod. The song, We Will Stand by Avalon was playing…It talks about how we need to break down walls, we need to stand for God. Listening to this reminded me of the Student Venture meeting and how we are united to share our beliefs and stand. Thank you.”
This gathering is simply God at work. Just 12 weeks ago I learned that our SV teacher sponsor was assigned to another school and our other leader was no longer available. But God moved and raised up a new volunteer ministry team of two men, two women and two high school age assistants!
Please pray for the ability to get these new students plugged into groups where they can begin and develop their relationship with God. Please pray for Kristie as she leads the leaders. Pray for her ability to keep the team on the same page, provide the appropriate materials for growth, and to be able to encourage and build into them.
- Pray for a successful year for Ethan as he has begun Kindergarten. We are working closely with the school. Please pray that God would proved a good friend for him.
- Wisdom in what to say “yes” and “no” to this year.
- We celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary on August 29. What a fun treat is was to go away for a day and night while Hannah and Ethan stayed with their special friends.
- This year, Kristie and I celebrated 16 years with Campus Crusade for Christ. So this summer we got our picture taken with the President, Steve Douglass, and his wife Judy.