Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Rainy Morning and Lots of Valuable Lessons

Posted by: Nicholas C. and Megan S.

From Nick:
Last night we participated in an exercise that showed us how the world uses its resources and distributes them to various people groups. Through this "Rich Man Poor Man" experience, (the details of which will remain undisclosed to the public eye) we learned to appreciate what we have. Even though some of us went to bed hungry, we learned a memorable and valuable lesson.

The next step on our journey was a Team Challenge that required us to trust each other. A member of each team was blindfolded, spun around, and when Dr. Joe gave the signal, they made their way through the obstacle course with only the voices of their teammates to guide them. Even though my team, the "Poole Party," got 2nd place, we learned a valuable lesson about listening to the voice of the Good Shepherd and tuning out all others. Mr. Phil had a time of devotions with us afterward and the class learned that even though we can't always trust our friends to guide us rightly, we can always trust God.

After that was the greatest part of the day - a shower! It was cold, but we still appreciated getting clean after a very dirty day.

From Megan: This morning, we got to sleep a half an hour more than usual! We woke up to the sound of RAIN on the roofs of our cabins, in addition to the crowing roosters. I have learned that rain creates mud, and the chores that seemed tedious yesterday suddenly had a new level of difficulty. Some of us were slightly incredulous that we wouldn't be excused from chores on account of the rain, but the tasks still needed to be done, rain or shine. For morning chores, our group fed the animals, including Freddy the billy goat and the roosters and the bunnies. Other groups were pulling weeds and making breakfast. Carrie dropped a bunny, but it's okay. We went to breakfast, and then we headed to church.

The church we attended was the First Hatian Baptist Church of Avon Park. The first hour of the service was praise and worship. The music director led us in an assortment of Creole songs, one of which had dancing motions. Apparently, I (Megan) was good at it and was called to the front to perform the motions as we sang the song again. It was a confusing service because it was in Creole, but some of the songs we still were able to recognize, like Amazing Grace and When the Saints Go Marching In. It was cool to see such enthusiastic worshippers.
Even though we spoke different languages and were part of different cultures, we still felt like one family worshiping the same God. When the service was over, some of the ladies from the church gave us ICE COLD beverages, something we haven't yet experienced this weekend! There was also a REAL TOILET there at the church!!!

We're going to a college service tonight and having pizza for dinner! Please pray for endurance, that we all make it to the end. Megan especially asks for prayer that there will be no more cockroaches in her cabin. Oh, and Casey and Valentina say hi.
The Freshmen

P.S. from Mr. Calder:
I have enjoyed seeing God illuminate spiritual truths in the hearts of a few freshmen. When God takes us deeper in understanding who He is, it makes us love Him even more and love each other more. I have one of the coolest jobs on earth! God's peace and protection to everyone as our trips move forward.

P.S. from Mrs. Poole:
You have no idea how valuable your prayers are. Please pray for the students constantly! I feel such an urgency to pray for the Holy Spirit to really move in the lives of these kids - there are baby steps being made, but we all have so far to go! Please especially pray for our evening times of reflection and worship, that the students would open their hearts to hear what God has to say to them. Also, I apologize for the fuzzy group picture - we have a better one on somebody's camera.


Blogger Eileen Kunmann said...

That's ok Mrs. Poole, a fuzzy shot is better that no picture at all, and it was GREAT to see the whole group together in front of the church! It is wonderful to hear the comments of both you and Mr. Caulder, and rest assured, many are praying steadfastly for this great group of kids. I talked to so many at church this morning who were asking how they were doing, and was so happy to report what I already had seen and heard. Pastor gave a great sermon today (as usual), reminding us that even as obedient believers there will be storms in our lives, but with God in our lives, we can weather those storms victoriously!! I know this is true; I pray that you all you all come to know and trust the Lord in this as well. Remember, our God is bigger than any circumstance!! Can't wait to hear more. Miss you Casey! Hope you haven't fallen out of anything recently..xoxoxox Praying Continuously, Eileen Kunmann

3/29/2009 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Wilson said...

We've been praying daily that God will do a mighty work in your hearts this weekend. May your ears be open to hear His voice.

-- Mrs. W

P.S. "I have learned that rain creates mud." -- I just love it, Megan! There are some things you just can't learn in the classroom....

P.P.S. Happy Birthday Mrs. Poole!!!

3/29/2009 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Weil said...

I am praying fervently for you all! May God open your hearts and minds through the Holy Spirit to what He wants to teach you about Himself! I know He is working!

3/29/2009 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful updates. I have been praying for you. The Lord wants to do incredible things in your lives as individuals and as a group. I pray that the Lord will pour out His Spirit tonight as you have time to reflect and to share. I pray that this time together will not only be memorable, but that it would be life changing! Can't wait to hear all about it! See you all on Tuesday!
-Mrs. Riter

3/29/2009 7:24 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Saslow said...

Amazing how a cold beverage and a REAL toilet have now become a luxury. Loved your stories, and I'm sure Mrs. Barnhill will appreciate your science experiment of making mud with just rain and dirt. The pictures are great too. We'll keep praying for you all and hopefully the bugs will diminish tonight. Looking forward to more stories tomorrow. Mrs. Saslow

3/29/2009 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Stemper said...

Your blogs and pictures give us great joy. You've shared so many new experiences and learned a lot of new skills. God has amazing plans for each of you. I pray that He will use this weekend to give you the passion to live for Him. I miss you.

3/29/2009 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are having fun and getting closer to God every day. We miss you and pray that this is a wonderful experience for everyone. Mr. Harrison

3/29/2009 9:21 PM  
Blogger Eileen Kunmann said...

Wishing you a very blessed day, and hoping those kids love on you A LOT!!
You are very special and we are so grateful to God for your dedication and love to Casey and to ALL of the kids at BRCS! Have a great day and get home safely.
Love, Eileen Kunmann

3/30/2009 12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Freshmen!
It's great to read of your activities and of lessons you are learning about the "real world". You are in my prayers on this your final day of your trip. Have a great day and safety on your way home. I look forward to seeing you!
Mrs. Gannett

3/30/2009 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Wilson said...

Fantastic job on your blog, Freshmen! I know how difficult it is to have a loooooong day of ministry (and mud) and then somehow find the energy to write about it, not to mention find an internet connection and upload pictures. But your posts have resulted in more prayer and more effective prayer for you!

If you're not too exhausted tonight, please make a quick post when you get back home to let us know you arrived safely.

Still praying....

3/30/2009 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, when you guys are interested in your topic... boy can you write! Thanks for all the information and the laughs along the way. See you all tonight! love, Mrs. Harrison

3/30/2009 8:48 AM  
Blogger Eileen Kunmann said...

Hi Freshmen!
Can't wait till you all arrive home, to hear of what God has done in your lives this weekend. Praying for safe travels for you this evening. Enjoy the rest of your time together. So proud of all of you. Love, Eileen Kunmann

3/30/2009 2:05 PM  

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