8-26-15: The school year was kicked off with our first classroom presentations at Cactus High School. Just the way we like it!
We were extremely excited about the opportunity, especially because we worked super hard over the summer revamping our classroom presentations! God lead us to meet an amazing young woman who has poured countless hours into meeting with us, using her skill set in curriculum writing, background leading clubs as a student, and passion for students. So we finally have everything we have been doing in classrooms over the last 5 years down on paper in the form of curriculum! God is good because we would never be able to do this on our own!
One of the goals with this curriculum was to make sure that in everything we do, we empower students to identify and challenge our sexually exploitative culture. Within the first 5 minutes of class we ask them how frequently they hear or see sexual content, and the impact they think that has on them. Students’ answers in the first period all used a common word: numb. Being exposed to so much sexual content numbs them. Then a student in the next class answered in a way that broke my heart:
You just get numb to it. Like, there’s nothing special to share with someone because you already know what it’s all about. You can never share something new or special about yourself with another person.
This kid got it. He got that we lose a little bit, or give a little bit of ourselves away every time we engage sexual activities or content. I was amazed that a high school guy was able to vocalize this in the first place; but what got to me was that he seemed to want that back. How amazing God’s redemption that we can!
“It will come about in that day,” declares the LORD, “That you will call Me [Husband] and no longer call Me [Master]. I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion, and I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD.”
Hosea 2:16, 19-20
God is everything we are not, and I pray that student comes to find the awesomeness of God’s redemption to thaw out that numbness. May you too know the same. (And if you want these verses to really blow your mind, get Timothy Keller’s book Generous Justice and he’ll tell you everything you need to know about the words righteousness and justice in these verses!)
It was great to see the students respond so well to all the new things we started implementing. The ending activity is a first for us. We had the students write what they care committing to do to Rebel Against Injustice on an orange ribbon. Then they got to tie it around their wrists or put it on their backpack or key chain, and had time to take pictures and post to social media. They took to it and were all about those hashtags!
If you or someone you know would be interested in bringing us on campus for a classroom presentation, assembly, or other presentation, please get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are really praying this year that God would open more doors and opportunities to talk with students about such important information, and give the Spirit opportunities to move in their hears in ways that might both physically and spiritually save their lives!