Those of you who have navigated the Northern New England Conference’s website know that there is a movement afoot called “Restore the Roar.” Well, I heard the roar today in my French I class loud and clear. One of my students, Stephie Kayumba, made a passionate appeal to dedicate time and effort to what’s really important - making a difference in God’s kingdom. This was not preplanned or part of an assignment - but it obviously was something to which she had been giving a lot of thought.
This appeal grew out of a regularly scheduled part of French class - opening prayer. Usually I release one student to go to the prayer wall in the hall of the school and bring back a few requests to be remembered in our daily prayer. One of those items, the passion play, solicited a number of comments from my students, including Stephie. Stephie thought the play could go on, if only more had volunteered for it.
“But Stephie,” I gently countered, “Aren’t you judging others when you say they should be willing to get on board with this project? We have a very busy calendar from “The Greatest Gift” practices in November through April’s music clinic. There’s only so much one can do.”
“Well, from what I see, if my classmates and I can spend time creating less important videos or endless hours on Facebook, why can’t we dedicate that same amount of time to something that’s going to count for God?” Stephie responded. And she had more to say. Lots more!
I had to admit she was right. And I have to admit, I am more than pleased that such fervor would come from the mouth of someone a third of my age. I wish many more of you could discern the spiritual susceptibilities of our teens by spending time on our campus. Time and time again I perceive it. These young people will be the ones to “restore the roar.”