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Come and See

During the last weekend of April until May 1 I had the privilege of attending the ACSI Administrators’ Conference in Slovenia. Every year administrators from all over Europe and others from Africa and Asia gather together for a time of encouragement, worship, and professional development. This year the two main topics during the professional development sessions were the elements of an effective ELL program and understanding the Bible from the culture of the time in which it was written. Ms. Cyndi Fitcher, our elementary principal, attended with me. She also oversees our Student Support Services, so the ELL sessions were pertinent to what she does on a daily basis.

The last session that we were able to attend on May 1 was by Dr. Richards. He is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a Christian liberal arts college in Florida. For three days he took us through John’s Gospel and explained it as Jesus’ disciples were experiencing it. He showed us how Jesus very much used a “come and see” approach to teaching. He didn’t explain everything that He did to the disciples, but just invited them to spend time with Him and see what He was doing.

The very last page of my notes written between 2:00 and 3:00 on Tuesday, May 1, included these words: “You will most likely not understand what God is doing. He’s not going to hit the pause button to explain it to you. Just ‘come and see.’ God would like you to grow in maturity and not ask why. Just be obedient. I want to be the tool in God’s hand that just does what God asks without asking why.”

Little did I realize that less than an hour after Dr. Richards spoke those words, I would receive a phone call from the secondary principal informing me of the tragic swimming accident that had occurred. In the days that followed, I looked back over these notes. I realized that I once again found myself in a situation where I would have to learn what it means to trust God when there were no answers. I encourage us all to “come and see” what God is doing – at ICSV, in Austria, and around the world. My prayer for all of us is that our faith would grow to the point where we don’t need answers. We just need Jesus.

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

The Holy Spirit is our Helper

This has been a difficult week for us as a school. It is hard to say goodbye to a good friend, especially when that friend is only a teenager. We want to thank you all for your outpouring of support for the Nangu family, for Mongameli’s friends, and for all of us in the ICSV community. Yesterday we celebrated Mongameli’s life at a memorial service hosted by the UN. The St. Francis of Assisi Church was packed with supporters from the UN, the South African Embassy, and from the school. The message throughout the service was one of hope, and we were able to reminisce about the fun times that we’ve had with Mongameli. The family has now traveled to South Africa for the formal funeral and burial. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during the difficult days ahead.

Words cannot express how touched we have been by the way that you all have responded to this tragedy. This Sunday is a traditional Christian holiday that commemorates the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus’ disciples. The Holy Spirit is part of the trinity, along with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit is our helper and intercessor. He helps us when we don’t even know what or how to pray. I have needed the Holy Spirit’s power during these last few weeks when words have failed me and I just didn’t know the best way to express my feelings to God. How appropriate that we are reminded of the Holy Spirit’s ministry to us as he comforts and counsels us in our time of need. Surely, our God loves and cares for us.

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

Our Story for His Glory

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of visiting beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia. I walked down Nevskiy Prospekt and stood awestruck in the galleries of the Hermitage. I gasped at the magnificence of the Church of the Spilled Blood, and marvelled at the history one could see on almost every corner. What an amazing place! I can say this not just because of the beauty of the city, but because of a little Christian school that is a light on a hill, bringing hope and joy to their students and their families.

During the week of the accreditation visit, the four members of the ACSI team were able to speak with members of the faculty, staff, students, school board, and parents. It became evident that they love their school. It is a family, a community where they value each other as individuals while celebrating their differences. They have seen God work through challenges that appeared to be unsurmountable, and today have a stronger faith that God has a purpose for their school and that He will be the one to accomplish great things.

Does this sound like the story of ICSV? Over the years God has steered us around many hurdles as we have relied on Him to protect and defend the school. We are a community that rejoices with each other even in the small things, and we weep with each other when our hearts are broken. As I look back at my time in Russia, the words of the Board Chair keep ringing in my mind. He said, “IT IS OUR STORY FOR HIS GLORY.” God is working in Christian schools all over the globe by writing a story that demonstrates His faithfulness and His care for the nations of the world. At ICSV, we can also say that “IT IS OUR STORY FOR HIS GLORY.”

I encourage you to ponder these words. What have you seen and experienced at ICSV and in your own life that is a demonstration of OUR STORY that God has been using for HIS GLORY? How might God be using the difficult weeks that we have experienced together as community that will ultimately be used for HIS GLORY? During this time of introspection and thinking about the big issues in life, I pray that you will find comfort in the words of Fanny Crosby’s hymn “Blessed Assurance.”

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long.

THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG
PRAISING OUR SAVIOR ALL THE DAY LONG.

Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon Brobst, Director

With Heartfelt Thanks and Appreciation

This week we have experienced the best of community. As a community, we care about each other, have a feeling of belonging, and are committed to each other. We desire for fellowship where we can be transparent, generous, and compassionate. We have the opportunity to serve others and to be ambassadors of God’s love. God intended for us to live in community.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome he told them to “rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” This week we have cried and prayed together as a staff. We have watched our students support and comfort each other. We have received an outpouring of appreciation and recognition from our parents. Truly we are blessed to be part of this loving community.

Please continue to pray for the Nangu family and for our staff, students, and families during this difficult time. May “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding… guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

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