Saturday, August 20, 2005

Maine

Jasper Speaks:

So here I sit back in Maine. I am at my friend Angela's computer waiting for she and Nate to get home. What a long week it has been. I started teaching on Monday. It will be a challenge. Although there have been some nice moments, I know that the first couple of weeks are the honeymoon period. I just pray that God will give me strength and the right words throughout the year.

I actually only taught three days this week as I took of the last two days to come to Maine for Jessica and George's wedding. It was beautiful. I will post pictures soon but the bride was gorgeous and the groom handsome. The wedding was speacial and I am confident that they will have a long, loving life together.

It has been odd being here in Maine. It is familliar and home like but in someways it is like watching a tv movie off a story you know really well. Tonight after the wedding Bob and Jen had literaly about 100 people over to their house to see us. It was wonderful being with people you love. Several of the youth group kids were there and it makes me miss them and youth ministry so very much. Still, there is a real sense that we made the right choice by leaving here. Although I miss everyone dearly, I know God has us in Missouri for a purpose. Even coming back and being welcomed with open and loving arms, I still know that our time here did not end prematurely. In some ways that is sad. Still, it is a relief to at least have some part of God's plan figured out.

I have an interview this week for a Youth Pastor position. I would ask that you pray that the Lord will lead that interview and will bless my time with the committee and speak to all of us undeniably about His will.

It has been a long week but God is good.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Full Circle

Jasper Speaks:

Tonight I sat on the ordination council for one of my former students, Matt Clements. It is the first time I have ever done that. He is graduating seminary next spring. Man, that makes me feel old. I was proud to be the one chosen to present him for ordination. He accepted the call to ministry when he was in my first full-time youth ministry. I am pretty proud of the young man he has become.

This entry is called full circle because of my history with Matt. I had been on staff at First Baptist Lemay for about six months when I started my student teaching. Matt was in my fifth period class. As a result of our relationship in the classroom Matt (and his younger brother James who has ALSO accepted a call to ministry) started coming to our youth group. James was the first person I ever baptized.

So you see as I go into the classroom tomorrow, I need to remember Matt. I need to remember that I can make a spiritual difference even in a dark place.

I have been training for two weeks for tomorrow. I am apprehensive to be teaching again. The school district is rough and I am rusty. Still, I need to think about Matt and the difference a teacher made in the life of student.