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Challenging Transitions

The first few days of school at Black Forest Academy (BFA) are filled with the excitement of Opening Ceremonies, hearing the roll call of the 62 nations represented at BFA this year and watching the joy of friends reconnecting after a summer apart. Yet the stress of the transition for some of our students, particularly the new ones is hard to watch.

Imagine being a 6th or an 8th grader whose family unexpectedly had to leave the only home you had ever really known due to that country's instability and begin a new school in Germany. Imagine being a student with a learning disability who was severely bullied at their previous school and your parents going to great lengths to make it possible for you to attend BFA. Imagine being a 12-year-old and choosing to ride on a bus, tram and train for an hour and a half one way so that you could attend BFA. Imagine being a family with a special needs child that had to shift their ministry from Central Asia to Germany so that their child could receive the proper medical attention and receive an education.

These are some of the students in my classroom. This past week I found myself drying students’ tears, listening to stories and cheering kids on. My heart has been heavy for these students and I am so thankful for the privilege of loving and praying for them!

Would you join me in praying for these students …

  • as they transition?
  • for the families they represent?
  • for divine wisdom for the staff as we try and teach, love and guide these precious ones?

The reality, however, is that the burden I feel for these students and their families is just a small reflection of God's burden for the needs of His children all around the world. Many of you may be aware of the #refugee crisis that is crippling several countries in Europe.

At the moment, Hungary, Austria and Germany seem to be in the forefront of the news, but the reality is that all of Europe is/will be affected. Germany has announced that they will accept 800,000 refugees this year alone. BFA has donated a dorm that was no longer being used to our town for refugee housing.

Every year during Spiritual Emphasis Week our school takes a day off from classes to serve our community. This year the 5th and 6th graders along with me and several other teachers have been assigned the job of baking 2000 cookies and writing Welcome Cards to give to the local refugee center a couple of towns away. The rest of the students will be involved in service acts all around our community.

Would you pray …

  • that we can be a true witness?
  • that those we are serving will see the light of Jesus in us?
  • for believers throughout Europe as they seek to respond to the refugee crisis?

Thank you for your prayers! We are so grateful for the difference that they make!

– Anna Key

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