A moment of silence

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
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Trip End Dec 31, 2010


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Friday, September 17, 2010

Our day started with difficulty.  In the rain, with very little help, we wheeled our carts of equipment across a large school campus to the locked door of the auditorium.  When we did get in, the quarters were cramped and a not-stellar set-up punctuated our morning.

Our day continued in a school which did not seem to be completely ready for us, but was OK all the same. Most notably, as we confirmed our 1:00 show with the Vice Principle, he informed us that we'd be having 2 shows that day.  He figured since Camfel comes every year, we'd know they always have 2 shows, so he only needed to tell us the starting time for the first one.  Honest mistake.  But God is good, and they needed that second show...

The first assembly was for the 9th and 10th graders, underclassmen who may or may not have gotten anything from the video.  The second show was for the upperclassmen.

Between shows, the VP, who did not watch the preview DVD we had sent, informed me that the second group might have a hard time with part of the video.

About 2/3 of the way through this year's show, we are introduced to Kyle.  Kyle shares in the video the heart breaking story of his 15th birthday.  His older brother, Matthew, had taken him and some friends out for dinner to celebrate.  Matthew and friends had been drinking, but it didn't seem like it was too much.  He seemed like he was fine to drive.  That night, after dinner, the car crashed, killing everyone inside, except Kyle.  Kyle tells about how some days are hard where he doesn't want to get out of bed, but the days he does go to school, he's that much more thankful for.  He plays football on his high school team because he feels like his brother would be proud of him for moving on and taking advantage of the time he's given.

I take the time to relay this message, because it is this message that we took to this school on this day.  When the VP came up to me between assemblies, he told me that just before school started this year, a senior on the football team had been killed in a motorcycle accident.  The entire senior class and several juniors were taking it very hard.

During the assembly, these upperclassmen were pretty talkative and generally obnoxious.  Until Kyle started to talk.  During Kyle's segment, every eye was glued to the screen, every ear listened in that auditorium.

I believe that God is in this job we do.  I believe that no school we attend is by accident.  I believe that at every school God has someone he has prepared to hear a message of hope or encouragement.  I know that the God I serve works in these ways because He cares so deeply for us.  I know He is intimately involved in our lives.  I believe that we were in that school to serve that group of kids today.  We weren't even scheduled for a second show.  And, as it turned out, we ran out of time and didn't finish the second show before the end of the school day.  But the students saw the segment I believe they needed to see.  I normally pray to have "at least one" kid change because of our message.  It was really cool to feel like we had an impact on a larger scale.  Praise God for the details He works in our lives.


~KD
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