No two people ever experience an event in the same way, but I am quite sure that I was not the only one blessed by the Sabbath afternoon education program on June 13, 2015 during Campmeeting this year. I had an interesting perspective as I experienced some nervousness for the little bits that I took part in, but waiting “backstage” provided an opportunity to receive encouragement from other participants.
I was reminded of why I am a Seventh-day Adventist Church school teacher as I listened to the children play instruments like violins and guitars, and others sang so beautifully! Musical worship was made visual by tiny students “signing” and singing while others performed motions to music with simple dowel rods. It was evident that parents and teachers had helped the students prepare so that each number was carefully planned and practiced.
Dr. Hubert Cisneros shared personal stories that underscored the importance of a Christian education. He gave examples of how teachers can touch their students for a lifetime of success here on earth, and more importantly, for eternity.
The most poignant event in the afternoon, for me, was the child dedications. Parents and grandparents were encouraged to bring their children to the front of the auditorium and present them to be blessed. Yellow roses were given to each child along with an assurance that Jesus loves them, a book and a certificate.
I could see, throughout the program, the clear message that the Minnesota Conference loves their children. They were involved, spoken for, and encouraged. Please pray that God will continue to bless our children through their parents, teachers, and schools.
Tralese Syvertson, Anoka Adventist Christian School Teacher
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