By Aaron E. Ziebarth
Earlier this year I visited one of Joy El’s Bible Adventure programs. If you have ever attended one you know that energy fills the room as the children race to meet their listener.
Yet on this occasion something was different. The principal came to Bible Adventure. . . let me explain:
As he sat down to teach he told the students. “You know me as the principal. I want you to also know that I believe in God and I believe in Jesus. I read the Bible, I try to start my mornings reading the Bible and praying. I don’t want you to see me just as your principal, but as a Christian”
“When I was 4 or 5 years old, I talked with my parents about Jesus. When I was 12 years old I believed in Jesus, I trusted him as a Savior. I’m a sinner and I need Jesus.”
He asked them, “For how many of you is this the only time of week you hear about Jesus?” At this approximately 45% of the children raised their hands. This confirmed what I have said before, “Bible Adventure is a very effective mission’s outreach.”
He began teaching from Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Some key insights he shared were:
“There are tons of ways you can live out your faith at [Our School]
Stand up for what is right.
Bring your Bible to school.
Act in such a way that people can tell you are a Christian. I need to see this more.
You can pray anytime of the day, for the principal, for teachers. Ask me if you can pray for me at school, and you can!”
“The school values are important, but this is the main thing. Thank you for being a light!
Can you imagine if more school principals were like this? Our culture desperately needs Jesus and hope that He brings to the world. This summer many Bible Adventure children will be attending summer camp in PA. Check out Joy El Camps and Retreats.
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