September 22nd, 2012
I tried to write a blog post, but the words, a rather important part of blogging, weren’t really making sense. Here’s the gist of what I wanted to write:
- We’ve been busy! Volleyball, Small Group planning and leader training, student meetings, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Class Sponsoring, life…. We certainly hit the ground running.
- I miss people. It’s been a difficult adjustment this year. I miss all of the Seniors from last year. All of our closest friends are also gone this year. I’ve been rather sad.
- New relationships are forming. We’ve been trying, with what little free time we have, to build new relationships with friends. We need friends. I’ve also been encouraged by the opportunities I’ve had to connect with new students. I’ve already had a few conversations with students that made me think, “Maybe there is a reason God brought us back here on time.”
- God is moving.God has impressed upon me the importance of praying for our Student Body this year. I’ve been praying that he would revive and awaken them to desire him above all else, and have also been praying more for specific students. There’s a sense of expectation at BFA this year. I’ve heard staff and students say that God is going to do something here, we just don’t know what. This week was Spiritual Emphasis Week. All week, we met in the morning for worship and teaching. It was incredible. God moved and students responded. Last night, we had a final time of worship. This is an optional time, but nearly half of our student body was there. We had nine prayer stations set up around the room. We worshiped God and shared our stories for two hours. All week, I kept saying, “That was so good.” It was so good. Please join us in praying for the students of BFA this year.
- Upcoming Events. Our busyness isn’t going to subside any time soon. Israel will continue to coach volleyball, which requires traveling every weekend until November. We’re subbing at a dorm next weekend, and then again in October. We’ll be traveling to Normandy and Paris with the Junior class in two weeks. I’ll be attending a conference on Guilt and Shame in October; I’m very excited about it. We have to get our German taxes settled next week. Please pray that they will be manageable! We’ve also go our normal jobs and life to keep up with. Israel’s been so busy with random side jobs that he hasn’t had time to focus on major projects. And, our house is a mess. We need energy, rest, and efficiency.
Well, this turned out to be a bit of a blog post after all. To finish it off, here are a bunch of photos. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos of the Spiritual Emphasis Week worship night, which is a bummer because the prayer stations were très cool.
Before school started, we took a trip to Freiburg with some of our new staff member friends. Here we are at the train station, having fun with panoramic photos.
- The Münster Cathedral
The Münster is a gorgeous Cathedral in Freiburg, our favorite local city. During the war, everything in this area was destroyed from bombing, but the Münster was somehow spared.
- Ancient Measurements
Freiburg has a fabulous outdoor market around the Münster. Carved into the walls of the Münster are the standard market measurements from Yore. Here are Jamison and Israel examining the measurements for cheese, or a loaf of bread or some such thing. The sizes get smaller as the years progress.
- Wisteria Lane
This is my favorite little street in Freiburg. The vines are Wisteria, which flower beautifully in the Spring.
GERMAN PASTRIES ARE THE BEST!!
- Coffee and Cameras
Coffee at our favorite, standing-table only, cafe. I actually left our newly purchased camera on this table after taking this photo. Fortunately, some wonderful German turned it in, so it was waiting for me when we came back.
- Our Little Home
We live on the top floor of this house, with the little umbrella.
Before BFA’s Opening Ceremony, Seniors gather in the Student Center with the flags.
- Parade of Nations
Our Seniors holding the flags of the 53 countries represented at BFA this year.
- Student Body President
The Student Body President speaking at the Opening Ceremony. He's standing in front of the banner of this year's Chapel theme, Transformed.
- Saying Goodbye
A BFA family says goodbye after the Opening Ceremony.
- They're Back!
The students are back!
- The Pull-Up Game
The Pull-Up Game, a version of musical chairs, from Chillin' and Grillin'. Students had to run across the circle and switch places with someone before the music stopped.
- New Students
New students and Chillin' and Grillin'.
- My Love
Israel at Chillin' and Grillin'. Though it's not evident from this photo, we did actually have fun.
- Seniors and Sophomores
Seniors and Sophomores playing The Pull Up game at Chillin' and Grillin'.