Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Request- Valley Christian High School, San Jose
We've been on the road 8 days and we feel like sponges that have been all wrung out. It's a good feeling to be used, but we know we need your prayers to keep going with energy, creativity and love for these students.
Last week was wonderful, spending time connecting with both Christian school teachers and their students. We had asked for the clarity to know who wanted to learn and those students found us, either through purchasing our books, signing up for our email apologetic devotional (Fledge) or through grabbing us between classes. We felt we connected even better this year than last year. And on our way out the principal asked to book us again for 2009.
This week, we're doing another spiritual emphasis week, but 10 times larger and all week long. We collected 2,500 questions from these students yesterday and sifted through them last night. There is something heavy and hard about reading question after question and hearing their pain and confusion and knowing you can only answer and help so much.
It is also hard with so much of a secular worldview dominate their assumptions about the Christian God. It's like you have to construct a new context for them to even begin thinking about an answer.
We have 3 more chapels ("Why Should I Trust the Bible?" "Faith, Feelings and our Father's Presence", and "God Wants the Broken" this time with a different story thrown in). This is their spiritual emphasis week. Each day we're also visiting 2-4 different classrooms to do more talking, interacting, question answering. It is draining, but it is good. We are also inviting them to join us in the gym during lunch if they want to discuss more questions and go deeper. Today was the first day we tried it and about 20 students came engaged, open, hungry!
We ask for the ability to find those who want to go deeper, to be bold to challenge them (This is a wealthy area, wealthy school, we want them to be left with more questions to go deeper with God), to maintain our health and love for each other as we work side by side.
Now we're off to watch their baseball team (ranked 11th in the nation for division IV!) play a challenging rival this afternoon. It's this entering into their world and being part of their story that makes our time well spent.
Thank you for supporting us so well!