1 : to make like new : restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection <as we renew our strength in sleep>
2 : to make new spiritually : regenerate
3 a : to restore to existence : revive
b : to make extensive changes in : rebuild
Today we had the opportunity to work at 2 different elementary schools.
When you walked around both campuses there were inspiring quotes everywhere – just as an example.
Never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill
I had asked the students to pray for the campuses and the teachers and students as they were serving! This is another way to ‘prayer walk’! Praying on site with insight. Jeremiah 29:11 really comes in to play when you see lives being changed and hope restored!
So what did we do? We raked, swept, cleaned, picked up trash, delivered paper, participated in elementary P.E. and ran basketball drills with middle school students. It was a fun day. I love watching our students serve others, but more than that I love it. I also love it when I get the opportunity to talk to others about why we are here. I had the opportunity to talk with an administrator and a PE teacher about Summit students and in particular what Impact is.
When Michael the PE teacher first approached me his hand was extended and he said, “I’m Michael and I wanted to meet you and tell you how much I love seeing young people serve! Where are you from?” I’ll fast forward – he got the whole Impact picture in probably the briefest commentary I’ve ever done! Then he said, “Sister, you are talking my language! That is my same belief, we were made to serve others and we both serve the same Big Guy!” Then he invited us to join in his PE classes! F U N ! ! !
When we debrief in the evening, each student shares two things – one fun thing of the day – one meaningful thing. Here are some of the responses
As we debriefed it was almost unanimous one of the most the ‘fun’ parts of the day was when we were able to play with the little kids.
- Seeing how little they have, how much we have.
- How much fun it is to bring joy to others.
- How different it is – our school – the things we have – we have books, we throw them away when we’re done – they can’t afford books and copy one book for each student
- Seeing some of the houses in their neighborhoods not redone after Katrina – some completely remodeled – the children live with seeing that all the time – so to see the schools challenging them to do well in school and to go to college –
- We have so much, they have so little
- As we toured last night – we learned how New Orleans was built on mistrust, built by rejects of other societies, we saw a guy throw up on the ferry – a group of young people that were inebriated – you got the feeling, what’s so different about New Orleans today? The city still is so lost, but today we got to see restoration – and it was encouraging to see it and to be a part of it! There is hope for New Orleans to change.
It was an impactful day. As we look at the definition of renew, it’s pretty exciting that God is allowing us, Summit Christian Academy to be a part of the renewing He is doing here. May he change our hearts as he brings spiritual renewal. May we allow him to make extensive changes in us. Create in us a clean heart o God and ‘renew’ a right spirit in us! Psalm 51:10
Tomorrow we go on the devastation tour – then we feed the homeless
We are working on the skit and the songs for our Wednesday afternoon with the children in the projects. The kids are pretty pumped about that now after having spent some time playing with the children at the school.
Thank you for your prayers.
Pray for unity, safety, God to work in us as he works through us.