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From the Director

I’m sitting in the airport in Frankfurt waiting for the last flight of my journey. It never ceases to amaze me that a mere six plus hours can transport me from rural Lancaster Pennsylvania in the US to metropolitan Europe. To be honest, I had a hard time leaving this time, as I had the amazing privilege of spending several days with my two-year-old granddaughter, Naomi. Naomi is a bright, lively little girl who looks a little like me and a little like her mother. I can especially see myself when she scrunches up her nose and has an impish grin on her face. At least, that’s what the photos in my mother’s photo albums show that I looked like when I look when I was her age. I think my son and his wife are going to have their hands full for quite a while.

When my three children were little, people used to tell me to enjoy the time because it would go by so quickly. With three little ones under the age of five, I must admit that I didn’t find that the days went by very quickly. I spent several of those years in a constant state of fatigue. And yet, when I think back over the times that we had as a young family, I remember them with great joy. If you come to my office, you’ll see that the pictures that I have on my desk are of my three grown children when they were really young. I guess I will always remember them that way. And, yes, the time did go by quickly.

With the holiday season right around the corner, I want to remind you to cherish the special times and the traditions that you share with your children. Children are a gift from God. He has given you the wonderful privilege of pouring into their lives and watching them grow and mature. At ICSV, we acknowledge that you have chosen to share this responsibility with us as we partner with you to develop in your children the skills and attitudes that they will need to be successful throughout their lives. Please pray for the faculty and staff that we would be consistent role models of Christian character that your children can emulate. Because of the value that we place on your children as image-bearers of the Almighty God, we can strive to be no less.

Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.
Director

Seven Colleges in Three States

For the last two weeks I have been traveling throughout the southeastern United States recruiting teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. It’s hard to believe that we need to start thinking about next year already! ACSI, our accrediting agency, sponsors the International School Job Fair in a different part of the US each year. This year 37 different schools or organizations were in attendance. We represented 23 different countries from Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe. It has been so exciting to see what God is doing all around the world. It has also been great to speak with college students who want to be used by God, no matter where in the world that may be.

This trip has been a wonderful reminder of the awesome privilege that it is to be a part of what God is doing at ICSV. It was also a time to remember that we are not in this alone, but that there are schools all over the globe meeting the needs of the students that God brings to their doors. Would you please join me in praying for the individuals that I met? Perhaps there is someone who will come to Vienna next summer to teach our students. Would you also remember all the different schools that were represented at the recruitment fair that their staffing needs will be met? As we read in Matthew 9: “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'”

We have such a great group of teachers and staff members. We are truly blessed. God is faithful, so we can have confidence that He will supply all the staff that we need for next year, as well.
Because of His Faithfulness,

Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.
Director

From the Director

I got a perm!

I’ve been contemplating getting a perm for quite a while now. I finally got up the nerve to go and have it done. Even though I asked for a loose curl, I have quite a tight bunch of curls now all over my head. As I stood staring at my new hairdo, I started thinking about how exactly a perm works. When I looked it up on Google, I learned that the first thing that happens is that a solution is applied that breaks the bonds in the molecules that make my hair straight. Then, a second solution is applied that reactivates those molecules. But since the hair is wound around the curlers, the hair takes the shape of the curlers.

The idea of the “old hair” first being broken down, and then the “new hair” being made reminded me of what happens when we become a Christian. When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, he told them that “we should be living sacrifices, set apart to do God’s will, putting off the old self and putting on the new, acting like the new people that God has declared us to be.” In his letter to the Ephesians, he told them to “lay aside the old self” and to “be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which is in the likeness of God.” Paul used the term “transformed” when speaking about this change that takes place. Again, when writing to the Romans he exhorts them to “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds.”

When we are saved, God leaves us on this earth to go through this process of transformation. In Bridges’ book The Discipline of Grace, he looks at two different texts and two different ways the Bible speaks about the goal of the Christian life. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says that “we are being transformed into [Christ’s] likeness” while Romans 8:29 states that God “predestined [all believers] to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.” Bridges says, “Christlkeness is God’s goal for all who trust in Christ, and that should be our goal also.”

Both words, transformed and conformed, have a common root – form – that means a pattern or a mold. “Being transformed” refers to the process; conformed refers to the finished product. Jesus is our pattern or mold. We are being transformed so that we will eventually be conformed to the likeness of Jesus. It is my desire that I would become more and more Christlike as I grow in my Christian faith, so that ultimately, it is Christ that you see, and no longer the old me.

Just as my hair was transformed through the process of the perm, it was conformed to the image of the roller. Who knows? Maybe you won’t recognize me with my new curly hairdo! Now, that would be quite the transformation!

Because of His Faithfulness,

Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.
Director