Monday, May 12, 2008

Requests from San Antonio

Well, Forest Lake School turned into a marvelous week. Parents, teachers and students flooded us with appreciation. It's been one of the best responses we've ever received.

This from one student on Thursday (halfway through the week)

"I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to you and Dale speak to us in chapel today and yesterday. I can't wait for tomorrow as well!" She then went on to email us some questions of a more private nature. Other teens have been writing in this weekend with gratitude, more questions, or wanting to be our friends on One girl wrote, "I am listening to you at Forest Lake Christian and I love you guys! Especially the first day of Spiritual emphasis was spectacular! That was most likely the best sermon/chapel I have ever listened to before! Thank you both soooo much for coming and for all that you do! I can\'t wait to hear you tomorrow! Keep up the great work!

We've been built up by their eagerness. And the vice-principal has extended a return visit invitation to be speakers for the Senior Bible Retreat this September. Even the principal announced during the Parent-Teacher night (Dale and I shared about what it means to help your students live with their questions) that he'd like to recruit us to join the faculty at his school if we'd ever consider moving. We were thrilled they enjoyed us so much! Here's a pic of us before our final talk, at our Soulation table (the flowers were from a student).

This morning we woke up at what to our bodies was 4 o'clock (what Dale calls "0-dark thirty") but really only 6 am San Antonio time to begin our Spiritual Emphasis week at Harvest Christian Academy.

Our hostess had already laid out a delicious coffee cake spread and we felt nourished though still tired as we followed her to our next school. We spent from 8:30- 12:25 with about 40 teens, grades 7-12. It was a very good first meeting. Dale was his splendid self, lightening up the atmosphere, sharing and acting out the humorous bits in our talks and fielding questions.

In this next week we have left here's how we need your help. Would you pray for us
  • Though we are tired we've had some time to rest this afternoon. I took a 3 hour nap and it was exactly what I needed. I haven't felt this tired since finals at UVA 4th year. Please pray that we'd sleep adequately and remain healthy!
  • We need the kind of personal, inquisitive, attentiveness for these students as we will be spending all morning for 5 days with them. There's such potential for them to open up their minds and hearts to us, but we must remain attentive for the opportunities. Please pray for us to be "on" when we need to be.
  • Each night this week we have events or dinners planned and we are excited for these, but also need endurance.
  • Sunday we speak in the morning and evening at a church about 2 hours away. Please pray for us to finish this week well as we work with the adults and teens.
We need you to be like Moses' friends, who held his hands up when he was weary.

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