Our day began as usual with a study of discipleship. Our attention this morning was on Matthew 7. We studied the reality that there are two gates through which people enter. There is a narrow gate which leads to life. Only a few find it. There is a wide gate which leads to destruction. Many enter through it.
Immediately, after Jesus’ description of the two gates, he proceeds to warn his disciples about the dangers of false prophets. This was especially sobering for us today. As we go to Wikwemikong each day, we carry a prophetic ministry – not a ministry of foretelling the future but rather of forth telling God’s truth. Students and teachers were asked to examine their own hearts and the fruit of their life to discern if they were true prophets or the false prophets about whom Jesus warned.
Today at the Community Centre on the reservation, we helped with a woman’s Bible study. While the study was underway, our female students provided child care so that young moms could participate in the study.
The afternoon saw almost two dozen students pile into the community centre from the cold. They were greeted with a bowl of spaghetti and meat balls which our students prepared. While they enjoyed the spaghetti, Rochelle Thevasagayam, in grade 10, taught the children their Memory Verse and Aaron Chau shared about the importance of daily Bible study.
Today’s lesson continued the Creation study from Genesis 1. We did a survey of the days of creation focusing especially on the reality that humans are distinct from all of creation because we bear the image of God. Victoria Yan in grade 12, taught this lesson with clarity and precision. She explained that like God, humans have a mind, a will and emotions.As you have opportunity, please remember to pray for us. Tomorrow, Merna Soliman will be teaching the children how sin and death was introduced into the world. This is a community that is familiar with the pervasiveness of death. Suicide rates are high and because of substance abuse the reality of death is familiar for all – even the youngest in the community. Merna will need grace and compassion as she teaches on this subject. Until these realities are established, the grace of God expressed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ will not be appreciated as they ought to be. Our plan is to expose the children to the beauty of Jesus Christ as the solution to the ugliness of sin and death during Thursday’s lesson.
By God’s grace all the students are well and are enjoying their time of ministry on Wikwemikong. Below is a photo taken at dinner tonight with some of the Daystar staff and their children. God bless you.