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Right Here, Right Now

May 07 2011

Today the school where I work hosted an event called "Right Here, Right Now".  This day of workshops focusing on a biblical response to life controlling behaviors was organized by two students in the school, and I was privileged to be the faculty advisor.  Workshops were for people who had young people in their lives dealing with such issues as self injury, eating disorders, depression and crisis pregnancy among many.  I'm proud to say that one of the student organizers was our Naomi.  After the event, she posted on facebook, "My day was perfect."  What could possibly bless a father's heart more than reading that!

The event brought about 65 people to WCA, which is a small group, but encouraging for a first year.  Better still, it brought together several special people in our lives.  Chaplain James from Riverview Hospital and his wife, Dr. Valerie Clemons; Dr. Alan Bean, from our home church in Bridgton; Donnie Brown from Manchester, NH and a favorite speaker of our whole family; Re Weller and Christina Erde, who we've known since they were in elementary school; Sue Thomas, of Sue Thomas FBEye fame as well as representatives from Teen Challenge, Hope House and the Fold.  Like I tell my students, "I may be a nerd, but I've got the coolest friends!" 

The event was unique in several ways.  It was free, due to the generosity of three local businesses who met the expenses literally to the penny.  Also, there were several opportunities for people to interact directly with the presenters in private, personal settings.  Furthermore, the presenters were very diverse.  Some were local people sharing their testimonies of victory over crisises, some were full time ministers, some medical doctors, some geared specifically to teen audiences, some toward professionals.

I was able to slip away for a few minutes to pray in the chapel and thank God for putting this all together.  I have never done anything like this before, and I'm glad God gave the students this vision, and providing every need along the way.

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I just wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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