Every day there sits before me a total of 131 students. Every day, I stand before them and teach them mathematics. But more than that, I hope I give them a look at a life dedicated to Jesus Christ. Yesterday, I stood before them all and faced them, as I do every day. Today, however, I faced them differently. You see... one of my students was killed in a car accident yesterday. She will no longer sit before me in class. I regret that I never really talked much to her.
I stood before my last class today, many affected by this tragedy, and I told them that I was a Christian, that Jesus Christ was an integral part of my life. I told them that if I can be of any help to them, that I hope they would talk with me.
Pray that God will use me at Ventura College. I count it a privilege to be able to be a light shining on campus, at least before these 131 students. The Lord has really brought many burdened students before me. I have another student, an 18 year old girl, who recently had surgery to remove her cancer. I mailed her a card on Monday and told her I was praying for her. She came up to me after class today to thank me for the card and tell me that the cancer appears to have returned.
I now have 130 students who will sit before me in class each day. Who knows what will happen to each of them before I see them next. Please pray with me and for me.