Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Living Our Lives According to God's Grace

Posted by: Mrs. Poole

Since tonight's last game of Manhunt is currently occupying our normal bloggers, I get to represent the sophomores tonight! We had a much easier day of work today, beginning with the best sausage-and-egg biscuits on the planet and a quiet time on Ephesians 6. While most of the team traveled to Mountainview Ministries, 5 girls stayed back with Mrs. Poole to paint the lines on the basketball court in preparation for the summer camps at Long View. 5 rolls of masking tape and 2 coats of paint later, the job was finished, and since there were a few hours left in the afternoon, the girls successfully tackled the most dirty job on campus - cleaning the guy's bathroom.

Meanwhile, the rest of the team went to Mountain View, where the guys helped with maintenance around the property and the girls sorted a small warehouse filled with clothes. Although the work was not difficult, the team kept a positive attitude and did their best to bless the brothers and sisters in Christ who spread God's love to the poor and disadvantaged living in the mountains. Even though the students might have been tempted to have a bad attitude or question the tasks they were asked to do, they lived out a verse they had just read this morning in Ephesians 6 - "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does..." (v. 7-8)

Upon the group's return, the whole class participated in the Trust Fall, which involved falling backwards off of the edge of a 4-foot platform, into the arms of one's classmates. Mr. Widmaier led us through several preparatory exercises before we attempted the big challenge - sending every single student safely off of the edge of the platform. As a teacher who went on the H.E.A.R.T. Institute trip with this same class last year (and watched them all scale the 15-ft wall), I already knew how strong of a bond these students have with each other, what amazing leaders are among them, and how willing and excited they are to support and encourage one another. I was not surprised when every single one of them did the trust fall, with hardly a wince or hesitation. It was a great experience!

After dinner (which included the famous potato chip-topped cheesy potatoes), the class successfully recited Ephesians 1-4 from memory!!! With each student assigned a passage of 2-3 verses, this has been a project we've been working on all week, and it was so exciting to see these students (and chaperones) step up to the plate and all work together to accomplish the goal! We're really looking forward to reciting at least part of it for chapel on Friday. (By the way, we hope you come! Missions chapel is at 11:30!) Then, we broke up into groups and came up with titles for each of the six chapters. Everyone shared their ideas with the rest of the class, and after MUCH deliberation and heated discussion (we have a bunch of future lawyers in this group), we all voted for the best title for each chapter. We followed the same process to find a title for the entire book of Ephesians, which was finally decided upon: "Living our lives according to God's grace." It was a great feeling of accomplishment to have studied a book so thoroughly! My prayer is that the students will take what they have learned about inductive Bible study, and continue developing their relationship with God by spending daily time in His Word.

Tomorrow begins the journey home. Thank you for your continued prayers for our safety, encouragement, and spiritual growth!


Anonymous ~Mrs. Reed said...

The picture I'd REALLY like to see is Jorden Ross doing the trust fall!

Can't wait to see you guys tomorrow!

3/28/2012 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Wilson said...

I'd like to see them catch Jorden too! And the pregnant Mrs. Poole! Oh never mind, bad idea.

3/28/2012 9:12 AM  
Blogger Katia said...

What else can I say except a hearty,


Praise God!

Can't wait to see you guys back here tomorrow and obviously hug and kiss my daughter a whole bunch!!!

3/28/2012 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jorden didn't fall - but I did!
--Mrs. Poole

3/28/2012 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Wilson said...

Now THAT was some real trust!

3/28/2012 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Mrs Riter said...

I read this post with tears of joy in my eyes knowing the hard work and diligence you have exercised this week! Your labor is not in vain. I pray that each of you will remember to live your lives according to God's grace and that you will not take that grace lightly. Can't wait to see you each at the mission chapel on Friday! Have a blessed trip home!
Mrs Riter

3/28/2012 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Ellen and Lou said...

Loving everything that was accomplished this mission trip! God always has His hand on it ALL! Thanks to everyone that participated! The only regret we have, is that we won't be there for the Mission Chapel, ONLY, because we will be out of town. Know that we will be there in spirit and we are so proud of what each and everyone of you accomplished manually and spiritually! God Bless You All! We will pray for your safe return...can't wait to see you all!!!

Much Love,
Ellen and Lou

3/28/2012 9:26 PM  
Blogger Ruthie Weil said...

It's not TOO hard to trust when Jorden Ross is on the catching end! =) Thank God for the wonderful chaperones He's blessed you with!

3/28/2012 11:05 PM  

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