Saturday, September 13, 2008

Thank you for all of your prayers. I know that God is bringing comfort to Jennifer's family and the healing process will go quickly because so many people are praying for them. As you all know Jennifer's dad died on Thursday afternoon. Here in Honduras, they do not embalm the body. So the wake was held Thursday evening, until 4 in the morning, and the funeral was at 11:30 on Friday morning. Less than 24 hours and the body is the ground. I went to the wake Thursday night, late, and then again on Friday morning during school. By the time I got there on Thursday Jennifer had left, but I really needed to be able to give her a hug. As her teacher, I spend more time with her than her parents and so I needed her to know that I loved her and was there for her. I went the next morning with the principal and was able to see Jennifer. She was like a little robot, going through the motions, but really having no clue what was going on. I gave her a big hug and asked her how she was. "Blessed" she answered. Imagine being 10 and having your dad one day, and getting ready to bury him the next day. It just happened so fast its hard for anyone to deal with it, let alone a child.

By Friday morning when the kids came to school, everyone knew that her dad had been killed. 3 men went to the car dealership that he owns, shot him, and left. It was done by a hitman so no one really even knows why. 2 weeks ago, the family from Agape was kidnapped, and now this. My kids had fear written all over them for their own families. The other part that had shaken up my class, was that many of them went to the viewing the night before, earler that I had been. They were there to see Jennifer's first reaction to seeing her father. She screamed uncontrollably and was on the floor. For those who didn't go, they heard all about it as they came into the class. I had 21 very broken children on Friday morning. I had prayed and prayed and prayed for how to handle it with my class. How do I minister to 10 year olds after a tragedy like that? I could feel your prayers, because I acted in a way that was not like myself. I had a strength that only could have come from God. We put on the armor of God, prayed for our familes, and sang praise and worship. While in praise and worship I kept asking God to show me what to do, because I had no idea. The last 25 minutes of Bible I put on repeatthe song "Never let go" on by David Crowder. I told my class that this time was for God to minister to their hearts, and heal their hearts, for me to minister to them, and for them to minister to each other. I was blown away by God's presence in those 25 minutes. My entire class was crying, but it was a healing type of crying. They hugged and prayed over each other. "I pray that the peace of God fills you," was what they prayed as they layed hands on eachother. It was incredible because I had not led them in any way to do anything. The only thing I had said was that they could minister to eachother. It was a powerful moment for me too, because I heard God's voice in a way that I had never heard. As I hugged each child and prayed over them, I would hear a voice in my head that would say, "tell them _____." God was telling me exactly what to say to each child and how to minister to them. I can't even tell you what an incredible moment it was. I know that a proper healing process happened in my students. I know that I know that I know that God moved on them, because he was moving in me. Wow, God is just so real.

Please continue praying for my class and for Jennifer. Its a difficult time, but there is real power in prayer. God hears and moves, and we need God to continue moving, healing and restoring.

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