Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 4

Posted by: Brittney

I want to share with you what God did last night. The day was over fast, coming to a close. Devotion time was in the classroom. Everyone gathered in a circle for group discussion. Since it was our last night, it was our turn to share on how we felt about our experiences at the H.E.A.R.T. Institute. Each person began to speak, pouring their hearts out to the point of tears! So many were willing to put down their guard to share openly and to feel the powerful presence of God. People who even weren't sharing were also affected emotionally, bringing a strong love for one another, comforting each other, no matter who it was. He touched each one of us that night. We encouraged one another and grew as a family in Christ. The next day, the usual cliques and friend groups had disappeared and everyone was loving on everyone else, no matter whether or not they had been friends before the trip. I hope our ninth grade class will continue to love and continue an effort to stay so close with everyone!!

Posted by: Sam

On Monday afternoon, our class had the chance to conquer "the wall." This wall was part of the H.E.A.R.T. Institute's ropes course, and the purpose was to develop community and teamwork. Troy took the leadership role in strategizing who would go up the wall next. We all watched as a team that never gave up and always encouraged people. Even through the heat of the day, everyone was still putting 110% effort with NO complaining.

A note from Mrs. Poole: This class, the biggest group that has ever attempted the H.E.A.R.T. Institute's wall, was also (according to the staff members) one of the best groups to do so! Thanks to the student leaders and team players in this BRCS freshman class, they had everyone up and over the wall (including 4 out of 5 chaperones) in record time, with very little frustration or anxiety because by this time in the trip, everyone loved and trusted everyone else. It has been so exciting to see this class come together and accomplish mammoth tasks this weekend. These are some of the strongest, wisest, and most loving students I've ever been around, and I really believe that there is nothing this class can't accomplish. This is your future, BRCS high school! Be excited!