At the end of the school year the MS Youth Pastor challenged the middle school students to follow Christ in Baptism. This year we had over 30 students get baptized. For us at Faith Academy, baptisms are a celebration of the community alongside the families as we serve. It is pretty moving to see a father baptize his son and thank God for moving in his family’s life. I can’t wait to baptize my own kids and I am happy to be a part of the community raising up the next generation of Christ Followers from Faith Academy. Kingdom Thinking: Helping students connect their faith with their life on the mission field, means that they will be able to follow God’s leading in other parts of their life.
This year Faith Academy has been approached by Chinese C#rist followers in China who want their kids to grow up having a Christ centered education. These people have chosen to follow C#rist in the midst of tremendous persecution and they are looking to prepare the next generation of Chinese C#rist follower. They recognize that to be effective witnesses in the large cities their children need to speak English well and have a B*blically centered education. It is cool to see G%d’s hand at work as different families, without any connection to each other, have come to FA directly and asked if their kids could attend school. For Faith this means several challenges that we need to overcome: A better developed ESL program, one that is able to accept students with no English knowledge at all A boarding program that can support Chinese Students A educational program that specifically prepares students to re-enter China as C#rist followers With G%d’s grace, we will accept our first batch of students this upcoming school year. Pray for FA that we can overcome these challenges and partner with G%d to change the face of China.
Ending school year well is an important part of Faith’s school year. In three weeks students will say goodbye and some will never see each other again. The MS Banquet is one of those events to help students begin to say good bye and celebrate what God has done this year. Big Picture: These kind of events helps students have strong relationships which are very much needed in light of all the transition they face. Students who can have strong relationships with people from different cultures means they reflect God in different cultures, changing the world!
The week of the play we got to share our house with a student from Faith, Bryan. Bryan wanted to be on tech for the play which means a lot of late night rehearsals, but unfortunately he lives 2 hours away. With travel means it would be some really late nights for Bryan. To help out we let him stay with us during the week of the play. Bryan is on his own most of the time and so he really enjoyed staying with our family and spending a little time with Ezra and Tirzah. Bryan and I (jason) had several great late night conversations about what following Christ looks like in his context. He is an amazing guy and God is going to do some great things with his life. Sarah and I have talked about opening up our house to some boarding students next year so this is the first time to see what that might be like. Pray for us as we ask God for direction in this area as we think about next year.
3 months of hard work has paid off! Last weekend the Fine Arts Department presented Suessical and the students did a fantastic job. I was especially proud of my techies as they had about 2 1/2 weeks to learn the show and master the gear they were using. There was a special challenge for the sound board team this year as we got new a sound board for the theater, but they rose to the challenge and did a great job. It is exciting to put a challenge before the students and see them rise to the occasion. With a live student orchestra, and a large cast there were a lot of moving parts to work out but everyone came together. We even got to share the show with about 350 kids from nearby orphanages. It was a great week to spend extra time with students and see them succeed! We praise God for the gifts he has given us and the chance to use them in his service.
This year Faith had the chance to host the ACSC Honor Choir festival. We hosted 5 other schools from all over SE Asia and had Kids from all over Asia. The kids were hosted by Faith families and gave us a great chance to share life and celebrate the commonality we have in Christ. It is awesome to see students come together from completely different backgrounds and work hard to sing and celebrate our savior.