As I look ahead, it is clear that there is more of road of life in my rearview mirror than in my windshield. I am at the age where most people are settling in to enjoy the “golden years.” So what in the world am I doing teaching again at Valley Christian School?
My journey back to Valley Christian School has been a bit convoluted. I taught Bible classes here in the nineties while on staff at Valley Fourth Church and then taught 11th and 12th graders in 2008-2009. During most of our time here in Spokane Valley, from 1988-2017, I also drove bus for Central Valley School District and from 1992-2010 was an adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute Spokane. A few months ago I began to purposely look for other employment than driving bus. In 1996, we started Eagle Summit Ministry, serving pastors and leaders of small and rural churches requiring supplemental income. In my recent search, there were no employment openings that interested me or that fit my schedule. I had asked the Lord to open a door. Every door was closed. Sometime in June of 2017, I told the Lord that if He wanted me to do something other than drive a school bus, someone would have to call me. That happened in August of 2017 and I am back at VCS for as long as He wants me here. God opened this door.
I want my remaining time here on earth to have meaning. Even with all the changes and new challenges, the opportunity to invest in the lives of young people invigorates me. My heart is to challenge others to develop an obsession to know God and a passion to love and serve Him. My purpose in the classroom is not to simply fill minds with information, but to challenge and encourage students to make a difference for eternity. We reach the mind to impact the heart to affect life change.
Because of Jesus,