In Mark chapter 6 Jesus goes through some very difficult situations. He is rejected at Nazareth (His home town!) for preaching and teaching the Word of God. He had to send out the twelve disciple knowing exactly the trials and tribulations that were ahead of them. Then on top of that he heard of the death of his cousin, John the Baptist who was beheaded for proclaiming Jesus as the coming Messiah.
In verse 31, the Bible states that Jesus said to his disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest awhile.” Jesus and the disciples were tired and weary. He encouraged all of them to get in a boat and sail to a quiet, desolate place for some rest. From the boat they could see that the crowd was following them on foot along the shore. The people just weren’t ready to give up being in the presence of Jesus!
Scripture goes on to tells us that “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” To Jesus the people looked disorganized and lost. We saw their needs and despite his need for rest he didn’t pass up the opportunity to minister to those people. He fed and taught them, he provided the food (physical and spiritual) that they needed for that time and place.
I don’t know about you, but when I get tired and weary usually the last thing I think about is meeting someone else's needs. Yet that is what Jesus calls us to do.
You have done that through “The Giving Tree” Christmas Project! As a school, and church we provided twelve families with gifts and gift cards. Each person received a minimum of four gifts each!
I’m sure every family felt loved and cared for through your giving. Thank you so much for your generosity. You had compassion on the needy and filled a great need in their lives at the right time. Thank you for taking time out of your busy Christmas season to be “the hands and feet” of Christ!
· New students as a result of the Camp Fire
· Re-enrollment for next school year
· Scholarship fund for next year
· New school board members