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Wow. What an amazing six days it has been. On Tuesday, we needed to raise $1640 a month. Now, we only need $1140! God’s provided $500 in new support since Tuesday!
All summer, our support had been slowly inching its way forward, so it’s fabulous to see it grow by leaps and bounds. It’s been such an encouraging and energizing week. We’ve been abundantly blessed by the generosity of our friends, family and church. God has surprised us with his speedy provision. We are currently at 77% of our monthly support. We are praying to be at 80% by the end of the day, and to be fully funded by August 15th!
We are still looking for 11 people to commit to giving $100 a month. Would you pray about being one of those people?
We know that not every one can commit to giving $100 each month, but don’t let the amount prevent you from giving. Commitments of any amount help us reach our goal of returning to Germany! Actually the majority of this week’s new support came from commitments that were smaller than $100 per month.
We are eager to see how God will provide over these final 10 days. Ten days, Folks! We can’t wait to get back to Germany and our BFA kids.
We Need You
This morning, we shared this video with our church. We would love for you to watch it and pass it along. We need you to partner with us and Jesus in loving missionary kids!
So I’ve been creating, producing, brainstorming all with a focus towards combining high school education, a boarding program and Christian missions into the social media world. There’s been a steep learning curve. Everything from, “I never went to a public high school” to, “I now have management type responsibilities, and a budget.” Both have been strange for me to look back upon, and to see how I’ve failed and succeeded. So, if you will let me, I feel the need to share some of my thoughts from the past year.
Failures, and the One the Got Away
So I’ve been put in charge of the Communications at Black Forest Academy (BFA), which most of you likely already know. 😉 My role involves protecting and pursuing the “brand” of the school. But what I didn’t know this would mean is overseeing people as part of that.
A large part of my daily/weekly job is communicating between Communications and everyone else, as to how best we can encourage that what Communications has created is going to support the work they are doing. One of the greatest hurdles I have is that I’ve only been there at the school for two years, and everyone else I’m interacting with has been there for 5, 10, 20+ years. We are going to think differently, period. I’ve had to learn how to work alongside people in a different way then I ever have before. It’s a real blessing though that these people want to be working at BFA. Our ultimate goals are the same. To educate, bring up, encourage and love on every single student who comes through this school.
I’ve had to learn balance, and I’ve not always done a good job at that. I’ve been too harsh, or at times too critical. I forget to listen to others, and forget that we are working with the same goal in mind. This job has brought my faults to the front and lain them out for all to see. But I like to think that I am constantly refining my faults into something helpful not harmful. Self-assessment can be so self-serving, so that’s hard for me to measure.
Activities, Like Volleyball
So I coached junior varsity Volleyball this last school year. It was awesome. Yep. I got to go to many of the US military bases in the area for tournaments. It was like stepping into America; SUVs, Taco Bell, and all inclusive stores (like a Sears). But the girls I taught were so inspiring. They might not know it, but it’s true; I learned so much from them as well.
I learned that playing an iPad, having an extra blanket when the bus A/C won’t turn off, and bringing food are key to getting along in a bus full of high school girls. And that patience runs thin on the bus ride there, but goes really well on the way home, once everyone is asleep.
What Does This Have To Do With Social Media?
Everything. Internally, the two audiences of a school are staff and students. They must co-exist. Externally, my realm, the audience is parents and staff. Students don’t play a huge role. So I’ve been learning how these two realms of a school can co-exist. Some new questions I’ve been asking myself are:
How can I help the school communicate and work alongside parents?
How can Communications show the impact staff have on their students?
What does Jesus look like in Communications?
How can I work alongside staff members and enable them?
What is it that people need, not want people want?
This gives parents, staff and students access to pictures and videos created of the ceremony. There’s also two videos on there that are specific to what happens during graduation week: Graduation Preparation and Faces of the Year.
Here’s a little video from one of the last times the small group of girls is meeting this semester. They went to the monument on the hill above Kandern. The other leader, Sue, is leaving after this semester. So she read a letter to the girls she had written them. It was a really good evening of being together and enjoying the outside.
We made this video for the Missions Day of our home church, The Grove, in Arkansas. We wanted to share this glimpse of our lives with you all. Maybe you should create your own video and send it back to us. Okay? Okay.