Saturday, April 09, 2011

Day 2

Posted by: Nicole Ciavola

Hi, everyone! Today at the HEART Institute the freshmen did many different, exciting activities! We did various activities such as ropes courses, gardening, feeding the animals, and working on a fence out in the pasture. Today was great, but the most amazing part was our dinner. We all gathered outside like we normally do before eating, and were greeted with a surprise. Envelopes containing pieces of paper were randomly parceled out to both students and counselors. The papers had different things written on them. A student either received millionaire, middle class rich, or no piece of paper at all. Then, those with "millionaire" written on their papers sat down to a meal of chicken, those with "middle class rich" written on their papers ate rice and beans, and those with no paper received no food at all. After those who got food had eaten and we had prayed, the groups were asked to share what they were thinking. We learned in such a powerful way that there are people all over the world that are in great need, and as Christians, Jesus wants us to help them. We also learned to be much more grateful for what we have. All in all, this missions trip has been great and the Lord has been moving among us! Thank you all for your prayers, and please also pray for God to encourage us and give us His strength to continue serving with His joy. Please also pray for the Lord to continue moving in us, to teach us what He wills, and impact us greatly this weekend!

A note from Mrs. Poole: The pictures uploaded from today are of my group on the rope course, Kaitlyn with her empty Poor Man envelope, and Mr. Calder's group after accomplishing the amazing feat of digging dozens of 8-foot deep holes and inserting posts for almost an entire fence. My favorite moment of this trip thus far was emerging from my blogging responsibilities last night to find almost every single member of the class huddled around a few lanterns and Troy's guitar, singing praise songs together at the top of their lungs during the evening free time when these freshmen could have chosen to be goofing off, playing games, sleeping, or showering. There are so many individuals in this class I've been blessed by! Thank you for lending them to us for four days!


Anonymous Mr Hood said...

Praise God for how each of these freshmen are allowing Him to work in their lives! It is so good to hear about the spontaneous praise and worship time - keep it going each of you. (Proud of you Troy!!)

4/09/2011 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Katia and Mike Hummel said...

I love it!!! It is so good to know that above all else, you always, praise the Lord!!!
I pray that all of you are bonding together, and loving each other deeply in the Lord. Treasure every moment and grow in the Lord!!!


4/10/2011 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Katia and Mike Hummel said...

" This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it"

" Rejoice, Rejoice...."

Serve Him with all your might and transform lives out there and also your own!! Let Him show you great and mighty things!! Have fun, lots of fun!!!

4/10/2011 7:50 AM  
Blogger Eileen Kunmann said...

Hi Freshman class!
I am so glad you enjoyed your Rich man, poor man dinner experience! What a wonderful lesson:)
Praying for you all. God Bless.
Mrs. Kunmann

4/10/2011 10:08 AM  
Anonymous margaret burrows said...

Hello, Everyone its Mama Burrows,
Thinking about each and everyone of you on your journey, and hoping that you are enjoying and having a good time with each other and hoping that this will bring you guys closer to God and his plan for each of you.

And to my four little horse men Christian, Troy, Joseph, and Collin, mama burrows, miss you guys so much and love you all. I hope you lean so much from this trip and that it will stengthen each of you spiritually, mind body and soul. Stay together and look out for each other. Much love and God Speed.


4/10/2011 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Ellen and Lou Hadden said...

We are so proud of all of you and the hard work and commitment you are doing to do God's work! It is exciting to hear of the great valuable lessons you all are learning as a group! We pray for your hearts to be open and filled with God's love and wisdom! We miss you all and will be excited to have you home to hear first hand of your experiences and how this trip has changed your lives!

With Much Love,
Ellen and Lou Hadden

4/10/2011 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Lou Hadden said...


I know you are enjoying this experience so much, that I have decided to turn the water and power off to your room so you can continue to sacrifice. Just kidding...I am very proud of you!

Love, Dad

P.S. It will only be off for one week!

4/10/2011 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Weil said...

Great comment, Mr. Hadden, I'm sure Elise can't wait to get home now! =) So glad to see you all doing so well...a lot more people in the world live the way you are now than the way you will come home too. (well, except Elise =)) We are so very blessed here. I'm sure the Lord has given you an appreciation of that. I pray that He will also give you a burning desire to continue to minister to the needy and lost in the years ahead.

4/10/2011 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Stapleton said...

I can't wait to see and hear from you all. You are the future of BRCS! You left as students, but are returning as servants of our mighty God! Love you all!

4/10/2011 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Ross (julie) said...

Well Said Mrs. Stapleton! What a great experience for each of you to experience in some small way how most of the world lives. When we were missionaries in Peru I always said every N. American needs to experience a 3rd world country and everyone would be a LOT more thankful and grateful! Thanks for the great postings!

4/11/2011 7:14 AM  

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