This morning I procrastinated getting out of bed....and left myself with only a few minutes for my quiet time with my best friend, Jesus. As it was drawing near time to go to our first session this morning, I realized the sun was getting ready to peek over the trees alongside the lake. I waited just a few more minutes before heading to the conference room. I felt God smile as I watched one of His miracles.
So today, we spent our ENTIRE day learning more about school improvement and developing plans to make our students more successful. We discussed the urgency of our message. If 90% of our high school students graduate from high school, those statistics sound good, until you consider the %10 who did not. If there is a class of 200 seniors, how does it impact your family if your child is one of the 20 who drops out. How does it affect the community? I believe there is an urgency to the message of No Child Left Behind.
I am even more passionate about the message that NO child should live without a family. How urgent is that message? How effective are we in conveying that message to our churches, to our community? How can you be involved in sharing the message?
Then, today following the afternoon session, our team CLIMBED the mountain.
We had to encourage one another. Sometimes one team member stopped to allow another to catch her breath. It was hard work. There were moments when we wondered if we could make it. But, the view from the top was beautiful. The sense of accomplishment was exhilerating.
On Sunday, I had a mountain top experience. I was invited to share our family story and our current journey at a small local church. I met with the body of Christ. None of them had heard the message before...that there are 147 million orphans. But, there hearts were touched. They were moved to action. And, they blessed us with an offering of over $800!!!! (With a few more blessings, check out the change in our total!!!)
And, now it's time to come back down from the mountain. We have an urgent message to share. There are 147 million orphans in the world...waiting for the BODY of Christ to be His hands and His feet, His heart and love manifested.
Why are there so many people who still don't know?
How can we organize ourselves to effectively share the message?
How can God use you?