A new school year is coming!...
The Farmer's perspective.
And some of the two most famous prayers around here are "Help!" and "Yay Jesus!"
Yes, we are already discussing registration weekend, with more students lined up than this school has seen in a long time. Yet "Help!" we are in need of teachers... and an assistant farmer, and a music director, and a pastor... but "Yay Jesus!" He gave us an absolutely awesome and amazing lady to be our principal! Yet "Help!" she literally only has a few weeks to prepare!"
Now just so you know, "Yay Jesus!" God has done an absolutely amazing job of leading some of our dear staff to new mission fields! We are continually praying for them and wish them the very best in their new adventures. (And in case you've heard that staff leave here with a bitter taste, I happen to know them personally and it's definitely not the case.)
What is very clear about our future is that God has a plan for it, "plans to prosper us", and give us hope. In case you are wondering about the many severe trials this school has experienced over the years, I would simply encourage you to go read the Psalms (particularly from chapters 30-45). David contrasts God's care and protection, his mercy and love, with chastisement, judgement, and even allowing our enemies to win. He cries out to the Lord for deliverance, placing his trust in divine power. Yet realizes, (in 35) how he even has God's love for his enemies and desires their good. So it reveals the heart of God in us when we recognize, it is not against humans we fight, but against the rulers of the darkness of this world. This results in our enemies' salvation from eternal death becoming more important to us than our own lives. I think we honestly way underestimate the power of forgiveness.
We see that "all things", good and bad, work together for the good of those who are "the called according to His purpose." In the end, we will all be able to look back and realize it was all worth it. Especially every time we chose to sacrifice self for the cause of others. I hope that this year, we get to inspire the students to seek God like they never have before, asking Him, "what is my calling? I know I am called to the gospel, and what would you have me to do?"
I am so grateful that Jesus risked absolutely everything to pursue me. Are you willing to risk all for Jesus? Well I have a hunch that He will NEVER let you down!
Whether you are a parent, or a sponsor, or a student, or staff, or board member, we thank you. Thank you so much for being willing to be a part of this. We invite you to join with us in praying together for the Holy Spirit's outpouring in our lives every day, so we can taste a little bit of what heaven will be like.
In fact, we have a prayer time every day at 7 PM (probably will be 8 PM once school starts), and though we have been trying really hard to keep it a secret, you could probably join if you called the right person/s. Which reminds me, it would probably be a good idea to stick up some of the staff phone numbers on the About page.
We sure will start singing "Yay Jesus!" when you join us.
At your service,