Life in the Holy Land
As many of you know by now, I was able to cross “pilgrimage to the Holy Land” off my bucket list this month. What a transforming experience! Honestly, I am still processing the trip; we saw, learned, and experienced so much, it was like drinking water from a fire hose. One thing I have processed is the need to be able to share it all. I believe much of this will come simply in the way that I teach. For example, in this week’s Sunday School classes, I was able to share pictures of the areas where David was hiding from Saul. I was also able to speak about some of the Jewish culture that David and Saul shared. These are insights that I gained directly from the teaching of our guide in Israel.
In addition to helping my teaching, this trip has had an impact on my spiritual and personal life. Spiritually, I have had to come to terms with how Jewish Jesus really was. I have been awakened to the fact that the stories of scripture have a very real place in history and I have been inspired to dig deeper in my understanding of the Old Testament. Personally, the trip was a gift that I was able to share with my mom. Working with teens, I interact frequently with students who are not yet at a place in life where they appreciate the limited time we have with family. I became keenly aware of how special my times with my mother truly are. God did not just say “be nice to your parents,” He said “honor your mother and father.” As I tried to honor my mom on this trip, I came to realize how much it was my honor to be there with her.
Pearce’s Got Talent
Every three years, the teens of Pearce head out internationally for a missions experience. This year, we will be taking our final trip to Romania. After a process of applications, interviews, and monthly training, we believe our team will bond and be ready to serve. A significant part of our team training is fundraising, and one of two marquee events is our Variety Show Dinner. On the first of March, we held our annual show with food by Texas BBQ Joint and entertainment by our teens. It is such a blessing to be able to work with this group. We have 16 students going on the trip, but had over 30 students participate in serving the meal, singing, playing instruments, dancing, and doing skits. It was a wonderful night of ministry. We served over 100 guests and received about $3,100 toward funding our trip. Thank you again to all who attended and who participated.
It’s March, but August is Coming
Yes, I know there is still three feet of snow on the ground, that the Great Lakes are 90% frozen over, and the temperatures have been some of the coldest on record, but I can’t help but think about canoeing! When the winter gets long, I turn my mind toward the lakes and islands of Algonquin Provincial Park. Once again this year, we will be taking teens to Algonquin for our six-day Spiritual Disciplines Canoe Trip: August 2-7. The cost is $425 if you get your application and deposit in by May 1, or $450 after. Applications are available at the bottom of the stairs heading to the teen area.