"Thank you very much for coming to our class to teach us about the Great Awakening and Jonathon Edward's theology. It's been a really long time since I've heard something like that. It was really touching. The way that you talked about how people were overwhelmed with God, overwhelmed me."
"It made a lot of sense when you explained on how the heart is always 'hungry' for God's love and how it won't be fully satisfied until it understand that. But my favorite part was how God fixes you, you don't change/fix yourself for Him. I always thought that if I wasn't good He wouldn't accept me, and that never made sense to me."
"I learned a lot of things. The most important thing that I learned was that the ultimate love that is found is in God."
"Well, I've never been to church and I've never been read the Bible. But I think what you talked about was really cool and it moved me because I do believe in God but I've never really talked about it. Jonathon Edwards sounds like a very religious man and I would probably like to study him more. Maybe I can go to church one day. but yes thank you so much for coming to our class and talking with us."
"My favorite part of your well done presentation was when you talked about temporary happiness and how only God can bring you true happiness. Thank you again!"
"Thank you for sharing your information on Jonathon Edwards. I really enjoyed when you started to speak about the Holy Trinity and God. i liked that you expressed your emotions about God. I think we need more conversations like that in school."
"I think you moved quite a few people today, someone in our class who has never been to church decided they might go soon. Coming to our class gave me a better understanding of what I should be striving for and others feel the same as I."
"This message stuck me. The most important part was that Edwards vision was for everyone to be happy. Now I have a better look on Christianity. The way you put it was incredible."
"Something that stuck with me was that everyone wants to be happy and that the source of all happiness is in God. Also that you aren't truly happy until you quench that 'thirst' that you are longing for which is God . . . I enjoyed your presentation a lot more than the three sentences in the textbook."
My worlds collided today. As a teacher I'm pretty limited in what I can say about my faith. It seems tricky sometimes. It's like having this fantastic secret that you aren't allowed to tell. My U.S. History class is about to study the Great Awakening. One of the parents who is a chaplain asked if he could come and speak to the class since he enjoys studying this time in American history. Today was the day. He began by explaining who Jonathon Edwards was and how the Great Awakening was defined. Then within the context of this time period in history and the words of Jonathon Edwards he passionately and enthusiastically began sharing the message of the Gospel . . . and honestly a bubble of fear began to rise up in me. What if a parent complains that I let someone in the class who is talking about God? How do I handle this? What would I say??? Then that still small voice gently reminded me, "You said you would do 'anything.' Did you mean it? Does it matter what others say? Do not worry." I looked around the room. Every student was engaged. What the chaplain was saying was sinking in as he told them about people wanting to be happy and the message of that time period that true happiness is only found in the love and joy of the Trinity. He presented, and I began to pray silently for each of the students in the class. He spoke for almost and hour and a half, and for an hour and a half the students listened. Today God used history to touch the hearts as well as the minds of my students. I'm sitting here now crying as I read through the thank you letters they wrote to the chaplain. This was a very special day, and I hope it is used to change the hearts and lives of each of these kids.
"Anything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move us to stop chasing things that just make us feel happy and start living a life that matters. A life that is surrendered, reckless, and courageous." ~Jennie Allen, Anything.
In November of 2013 I moved to Zambia as a full-time missionary with Family Legacy Missions International. Everyone within the organization raises their own support to keep overhead costs at a minimum so donations to the ministry can go directly to the needs and programs for the orphans and vulnerable children we serve. I trust in God's faithfulness to provide monthly and one-time financial supporters for the work I do here for the education of thousands of children from the slum compounds of Lusaka. If you would like to support me, donations are tax deductible and can be made at www.familylegacy.com/alicia
"God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before Him. When I cleaned up my act, He gave me a fresh start. Indeed, I've kept alert to God's ways; I haven't taken God for granted. Every day I review the way He works, I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I'm watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to His eyes." 2 Samuel 22:25