We are so excited to be back in the office and starting off a new school year.
I am thrilled to introduce to you the class of 2018-2019!
This year we are blessed to have 4 very unique students! Patrick (21), Austin (19), Tyrone (18), and my own student Lorellee (20)! Later this month I will be posting a Meet the Students series, so stay tuned for that!
I am so excited for what God has in store for this class, and feel so blessed to be apart of their growth process this year. Their are great things in store!
This year the class theme is “RHIZOO” meaning “rooted” in Greek. The verse corresponding with it is found in Colossians 2:7
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him.
Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
To me this verse really reflects what this program is all about, as well as our goal for this year. To let our roots grow down into Christ. Basically that we would truly get to know Christ and establish such an intimate relationship with Him that we will never be shaken. Like the verse says, we will build our lives on Him. Everything we learn in the program teaches us how to better follow Christ. We learn God’s Truth and study His Word, so that we can put it into practice and build our foundation on Him. We can use the things we learn throughout this year to carry us through the rest of our lives. And like the verse says, we will overflow with thankfulness.
We are so blessed to be here.
Throughout this year the students will begin attending classes, going on outreaches, and learning to serve. I can’t wait to see the work God will do in each of them. We started off this year by welcoming them to the church as well as holding an orientation night for them and their families, in which we spoke about the vision of the program, heard some alumnus testimonies, and heard testimonies on the value of house-parenting.
All of our students have already been placed and are living in their house families home. House families are an essential part of the program and growth of the students. We are so grateful for each house family we have that opens their doors and welcomes a student in for the 10 months of the program. I know for me personally my house family had a huge impact on my growth during my student year at LIFE DTS. They not only taught me basic skills like how to properly do laundry and clean the bathroom, they also taught me a lot about God and myself and family relationships. My house parents helped me walk through some of my biggest struggles, and were always there to speak into my life and pick me up when I was down. Again, we are so thankful to all our house parents. It will be great to see the impact that they have in the lives of each of our students this year!
Sunday we welcomed our students to the church, and presented them in from of the congregation, where their house families and fellow young adults prayed over them. The members of the congregation and our young adults group are so important in the journey of the students. We love and appreciate all your prayers and support for us.
This has been the first week of class for the students, so far they have been going through guidelines and learning the heart behind the rules. They also have gotten all their class material set up and are ready for the learning to begin!
I was happy that I had the opportunity to teach some of the students classes this week, I enjoy doing stuff like that. I also got a lot out of the class as well, even though I have already gone over it, there is always room to grow! In class as we covered guidelines we discussed how guidelines actually help and enable us to grow. In Matthew 16:24-26 it says:
“The Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross; and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”
This verse really sums up the heart behind the guidelines, and really everything else that I do here in LIFE DTS. I must give up my own way in order to submit to Christ. If I am always insisting that I am right and wanting to do things my way, I am not really surrendering to God and His will for my life. Only through surrender can their be any real change. I need to allow God to work in my life, but when I disobey and resist what He is telling me to do I just end up hurting myself. When there is no surrender, there is no change. I need to decide to choose to surrender to what God is wanting to do in my life, and remember that He is Lord and I am not. That is what discipleship is all about. It’s definitely not easy, but it is always worth it.
This week we are looking forward preparing for our annual Back to School Outreach! Which is a community event we hold at the church where we serve a free BBQ and give away clothes to the community. It will be great to see the students work together for the first time, as well as give back to the community! We are all very excited!
See you next week!!!