A Month In

Well, it has been almost a month since Bridge Street Mission School (BSMS) started. I can’t believe that’s all it’s been because if feels more like a couple years with these weirdos. We literally share everything (ice-cream cone, clothes, just about anything you can imagine).

This year for community engagement I’m doing Resurgence Plus, an after-school program for middle schoolers. My activity I’m in charge of with a couple other students is Outdoor Activities. But on Thursday when the kids experienced all the different classes (art, music, kitchen, and outdoor activities) none of the kids picked Outdoor Activities. So we’ll have to figure out what we’ll be doing now. 🙂

One of the cool aspects of mission school is that we get to do three biblical character studies. So far I’ve done two, one on Mordecai (the Book of Esther) and the other on Ehud, the lefty judge who killed the Jabba the Hut of his day (Judges 3:12-30). It’s been really cool studying characters we don’t usually ready about or think much about. Even though they are not so well-known, God used both guys in seemingly bad situations to save Israel and give Him glory. Mordecai was deported from his hometown by King Nebuchadnezzar and prevented a holocaust. Ehud, being a lefty, was looked down upon, almost like a second-class citizen, but God used him to save Israel from the evil King Eglon. Studying both guys showed me how God uses our seemingly bad situations and weaknesses to bring Him glory and do the impossible. He can do the same in our lives if we let him.

Another highlight has been our two book reports we get to do. The first one, due in a week, is The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer. It’s main focus is how modern Christians have such a distorted view of God and how that low view of God leads to a thousand other temporal problems. Each chapter focuses on an attribute of God. It’s a great read!

Of course, just spending time with the other twelve crazy students is a blast as well. We finally finished our fort we’ve been gradually working on the past three weeks. It’s a great place to hang out and just chill and do homework. Community is such a blessing.

Well, that’s enough for now. Stay tuned. BTW, the BSMS Beard is still growing strong. One of the other students, Cole, has taken me up on the challenge as well. 🙂

Thanks for all your prayers and financial support from those of you who have donated. If haven’t donated, please prayerfully consider if God is leading you to donate to my time here at BSMS. I still need about $1,000.

In Christ,

RJ Avery

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