“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 John 1:3 ~
It’s been a delight to have the Avondale teachers here for the past 3 weeks. This year we were required to sit in on our classes and observe the new teachers. I had a whole new perspective on being a teacher after just a couple of sit-ins. I remembered many of my earlier struggles and mistakes when first teaching. I have also learned many new things about teaching and have many new ideas to implement when I go back to teaching once Avondale leaves. I been able to have some wonderful spiritual discussions with a couple of the teachers, as well as hear some of their testimonies. It is always inspiring to see God working in other’s lives.
Not only them, but we also had Dustin’s father (Pastor Dan), and brother (Jacob) here. Pastor Dan lead out in our Week of Prayer. A couple of our students, Sombeach (gr 10) and Phearom (gr 8) were able to take a part playing guitar for the songs. Those two students in particular have only really been learning guitar this year and have a wonderful gift from God for playing it that I hope and pray they will use to glorify Him.
I was blessed by the presentations during the Week of Prayer, and I know many students were also blessed. Emily told me that some students reported that when Pastor Dan spoke, they could feel God speaking to them through his words. We praise God for their visit and hope that the seeds they planted and the love of God they shared with us will continue to grow and produce a great harvest among the Khmer people.
Actually, because of a story that Pastor Dan told, Laura and I made some changes to the way we run our worships here in the girls dorm. Normally we would pray, sing and share a portion of Scripture. Now there’s nothing wrong with any of that, but we had noticed that most of the girls were not very engaged in it… in fact they seemed thoroughly bored and distracted. I’ve heard it said before that the key to raising young people that stay in the faith, is family worships. So we decided to take on board what he said and attempt to make dorm worship a time that the girls enjoy. The girls are divided into groups and a different one leads out at worship each morning and evening. Now Laura and I told them that they have some freedom to do different things in worship, so long as there is still time for prayer, and a reading from the Bible.
I wasn’t sure how it would go, but the girls raised themselves up to the challenge. We have had a lot of Bible Verse memorization, we’ve had drawing pictures. One girl read out the passage where Adam and Eve hid from God. She told us that we shouldn’t hide from God, and then lead us out to play a short game of hide-and-seek. As each person was found they had to recite a memory verse. My favourite one so far however was Srey Moun’s. She is a very creative girl who is also very good with the younger children and has told me that she wants to be a missionary. She divided us up into 3 groups and gave each group a Bible passage, which we then had a few minutes to prepare a short skit from. After which, each group chose a spokesperson to talk about their passage.
Our worships have gone from a short 10 minutes with girls begging us to say prayer so that it can be over, to sometimes up to 40 minutes with most of our girls engaged and enjoying God’s word. I am very thankful to God for sending Pr Dan and Jacob here to WPY.
On the Horsemanship Program that Ely and I are putting together (read about it here). We have met with Tim again and finalized the projected cost of it all. We are thrilled to have this opportunity and pray that God will continue to lead and show us His will in it all. If you have any specific questions about the program, or would like to be involved, please get in contact and let us know. We’re also trying to come up with a name for it, so if you have any ideas, share away! Our goal for the name is to have something to do with completeness in God, or our hope of an eternal future – and yet so it still sounds like it has something to do with horses.
May God be glorified in your life and mine!