Sunday
Feb192012

Kaitlyn's Story: From Child to Student Leader

This year I have been blessed by the amazing work the KFCUSA team members have been doing, especially here in Tulsa.  They have really stepped up and done an amazing job of allowing me to be more of an administrator than in years past. Last year I was speaking in 7-9 schools weekly as well as meeting with a group of junior high and high school student leaders.  This year with their help I have been "doing" 1-2 clubs a week and meeting with that same group of student leaders.  I can't even begin to tell you what a blessing it to have enough help that I can focus on administrating and expanding KFCUSA.

One of our student leaders, a Jr. named Kaitlyn.  She has been with us since she was in about fourth grade. She has always shown the two most important character traits I like to see in a leader: Humility and compassion.  I love sharing stories from the high school kids with you because these are the kids who have grown up in KFCUSA and to some degree you are getting to see the "fruit" of your support in their lives. 

They had a special event in their club and I asked Kaitlyn to share about it from her perspective.  The following is what she wrote. 

"These past three years I have had the absolutely amazing and humbling experience to be a FUSE student leader.  I have learned so much about what it really means to be a leader and to lead by example.  Also, I have learned the importance of being prepared! At FUSE this week, we planned for and advertised a “Special Event.”

The event this morning, consisted of stations set up around the classroom we use every Friday. Just like every Friday, we moved all the desks out of the classroom and lined them up along the wall outside the room we meet in.  Then, we really got to work.  One station was a table with broken bread and cups of grape juice, in other words communion.  Another was a cross in a corner, with a box for prayer requests and a stack for confessions (which we promptly threw out), still another was an iPod on a dock playing worship music.  Our last two stations consisted of one that just had a stack of Bibles for people to read, and take if they needed and then one was tables with paper and colored pencils where people could just draw whatever they wanted.  At each of these stations was a list of verses, which we wrote Monday night, explaining why or in some cases how to do the things at each of the stations.

At first, I was a little worried about how many people would come, because it was the day after the State championship, held in Stillwater, and about how people would react.  Soon, all my fears were laid to rest.  The first person that got there ended up walking into a room empty of people and heading straight for the cross and just laying down in front of the cross on his face. It was a beautiful sight. Then, more and more people came in and the atmosphere still remained incredibly reverent.  Everyone in that room knew God was there and He was acting.  After FUSE, I even got a text message from a girl who had this to say, “Recently I have just put my relationship with the Lord to the side. It didn’t seem that important to me… but taking that 20 minutes just to actually read my Bible and pray really reminded me of beautiful He is and how important this relationship is to me.” The realization that, through God, as FUSE leaders we got to impact someone’s life for the better, was so humbling, and so wonderful.  God is so good, and is doing AMAZING things in our school.  The time is now.  Prayer is needed".--Kaitlyn

I don't know about you, but that blew me away. I found myself blubbering like a little girl at the way God is moving not just in Kaitlyn, but in general through KFCUSA in America's public schools. When I say "Together we're reaching a new generation of kids for Christ" I am including you, our supporters. Thank you for the long term impact we are having on these kids.

In His Service, 

Bob Heath


Thursday
Jan192012

God's Love In The Shape of a Donut

That day in November was elegantly simple and beautifully eye-opening. Using money saved up from tips on his summer job, high school senior J.J. Johnson and the student leaders of FUSE at his public high school got up early and went to pick up the 2000 donuts they had ordered a few days before. "We divided the load in two, sent one half to the Intermediate High School and delivered the second to our High School," said J.J. 

The school was so hospitable to the project and they had no trouble setting them up in the "Commons" area. The volunteers, both Christian and not Christian, were requested by word-of-mouth and through Facebook and as they began to arrive, smiling and excited, we got started. Students coming in through the only main entrance to the school were greeted by a team of friends and a tasty fried treat. Faculty and staff made their way out to see (and taste) what was going on. As class was getting ready to begin, the donuts were just running out. God has perfect timing. A cleaning crew of students was organized as J.J. and friends attempted to leave the grounds as clean as if it never even happened. 

The implications of that morning go far beyond a student Christian club. "To me," J.J. said, "it is a glimpse into something that God has in store for Christians in the United States.” When Jesus said that we would do His works and greater works also, I am convinced He was prophesying of the use and impact of Facebook and Twitter. He (Jesus) preached to 5000; by God’s power, Tim Tebow reaches tens of millions by simply writing John 3:16 on his eye black. The world’s economy is a greedy one, storing up money and resources in places where they are doing nothing but rotting.  But when we, with hearts after Christ and His purposes, get creative and let go of every attachment to the “way things are done”, entire public high schools can be treated to a free breakfast and an opportunity to share God’s love to individuals. Let’s do it!".