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The End is Near!!

Today is the first day of the new generation of Faith Academy.  Our Seniors have completed their projects and taken their tests and are now flying to the vacation spot Palawan Island for a relaxing time before all their final goodbyes.  The Senior hallway is empty and the student body is collectively acting different today.  For many, this makes it "real" that next Friday, precisely a week from now, is the end of the year and the end of another chapter at Faith Academy.

Well over half of the people in my immediate circles (rides home, friends, close co-workers, etc.) are just days away from leaving the country for good.  It's a rare and beautiful thing to get to just chat about next year with people who are staying.  Wednesday night's Oasis (youth group for Faith kids) was one of those special times.  A group of junior girls graciously allowed me to be the 4th person in their group of three as we transitioned into the sharing portion of the night.  I knew the three …

Retreat and Refresh -- It's a Command

Last weekend I had the privilege of accompanying the entire 8th grade class on one of their last endeavors together as a middle school class before they transition to High School.  I didn't know what to expect but I knew the itinerary involved a ministry time and a trip out of the city so it had to be good. "Good" would be the understatement of the year.  It was probably 32 of the most refreshing hours of my entire semester if not the entire year for a whole cluster of reasons.

Twelve hours before leaving for retreat I got an email confirming that I will get to go home four days earlier than I thought for my summer break.  That news alone was enough to keep my sails full for a while, but it was only the beginning.  We practiced our songs for the ministry time and our tagalog for sharing an activity and then loaded the 12-passenger vans for our ministry location.

Our ministry time took place just 1 kilometer from an intersection I drive past everyday and I had no idea it…