If you Google the definition of prayer, the first result that pops up is, “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God.” There are 650 prayers mentioned in the Bible. Jesus himself prayed frequently and encourages us to as well. Our school is approaching a week where we would ask you to consider praying for us.
We will soon be sending students literally all over the world. People ask, “Isn’t it a big risk?” Anytime you have that many students traveling to so many different locations there is always a risk involved. For us, the benefits far outweigh the risks. In the business world (please understand I am not saying this is a business) the adage is that you get bigger results from bigger risks. We believe the results gained by this program over the years are phenomenal. Make no mistake, the success of these trips could not happen without the dedication, preparation, and commitment of our staff. Our teachers devote hours and hours to the training required to prepare to go. They receive no extra pay for their time. We have an outstanding staff that truly serves the best interest of our students.
The other truly critical component of the success of these trips is prayer. This prayer comes from all over. Our staff and students regularly pray for their upcoming outreach. Parents grandparents, extended family, and friends are also very important. Truly, we try to solicit as much prayer as possible from anyone who is willing to join with us. This is a humble request that you would consider joining us in praying for our upcoming mini-mester. A good way to remember what to pray for would be to remember the acronym F.I.S.H.
F is for Focus – pray they will remember the purpose of their trip and function as a team
I is for Impact – whether or not the team sees instant results, their impact would be felt
S is for Safety – pray for safety in travel and protection wherever they are
H is for Health – pray our teams and the missionaries would stay healthy throughout
This year 162 students and 37 adults will be traveling on the out of town mission trips. Over the past 19 years we have sent 2967 students and 455 adults (3422 total) to 15 different states and 28 different countries on 5 different continents. Our students are already changing the world! We have a number of local options for students to serve as well. They will be working in the Thrift Store, for Facilities, helping at New Life Solutions, cleaning up Seminole Park, helping with elementary field day, and doing beach clean-up for Pinellas County. The trips that are traveling include Tennessee, South Carolina, Costa Rica, London, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Germany / Israel.
Why do we do this? Here are some quotes from students that demonstrate the value of this program. One senior put it this way: “The mini-mester has changed my outlook on life. I have realized how incredibly blessed I really am, despite my shortcomings. God has used these trips to open my eyes and soften my heart. Every time I go on a trip, my heart breaks for the people there. God has used me in different ways every time I went, even if I went to the same place.” Another said, “Mini-mester is one of the greatest things schools can do for their students. It creates good memories, new friendships, and gets you closer to God. I love the feeling of helping and serving people.” One of our juniors put it this way, “When you go to a different culture and you see all of these faces and meet all these new people that you didn’t know existed, you are humbled and amazed by God’s greatness and grace. He has such a big plan and I am privileged to be a part of it every year.”
This Sunday, March 1, we will be celebrating One Night of Worship at 6:00 pm. We would invite everyone to come out. We will have a time of praise and worship followed by a commissioning time where every high school team will be prayed over. Please help our teams get off to a strong start by praying for us!