As we get ready to close out the school year we look back in gratitude at the lives that we have had the privilege to intersect with over the course of the year. I was reminded of this again recently when I was eating lunch at a Chinese buffet. I was on my second plate and standing around the fruit section when I got involved in a ‘chance’ conversation with a gentleman from Korea. As it turned out, we shared more than one mutual connection. I ended up joining him at his table for the remainder of our lunch. He shared with me his life story of how at the age of 15 he had been so impacted by his teacher in a public school who read the Bible to a group of students over their lunch period. Although his conversion to Christianity resulted in years of persecution from his family, God has now led him to complete seminary and to study for a year in England before he will return home to Korea to be an evangelist. We marveled over the impact that one person – one teacher – can have on a life! We marveled over how his father and family over the years came to the Lord and how God is now directing his life. We wondered how our paths might cross again – but we agreed that for sure we will be seeing each other in heaven. We ended our time with a hug and blessings on each other’s work – after having just met! Certainly one of the more remarkable lunches I have had in a while. I am eager to see how this ‘chance’ meeting is part of God’s larger design. I don’t believe any of the interactions you have had this year are ‘chance’ as you have worked with students and parents – contemplate now and be ready to see in the future perhaps how you have been part of God’s plan!
This is the final post for the Nurturing Faith blog this school year – we will begin again in August with a new school year. I am hoping that you all have a wonderful wrap-up of the school year and a refreshing summer. If you haven’t registered for the summer CSI convention let me give you one last encouragement. Most importantly we will be talking a lot about nurturing the faith of our youth at school and church. If you are a Christian school administrator reading this, please invite a pastor or youth worker to the convention. I think it is going to be a great experience in every way – location, lodging, natural beauty, pre-conference sectionals, guest speakers, working on the Covenetwork Manifesto together, greeting old and new friends, and cool, great sleeping, Michigan nights! Hope to see you there.
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