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Brad Groenewold, 3rd Grade Teacher

One of the things that we have been discussing in class is how God has the power to use our hard times for His glory. During our lesson, the 3rd graders shared many times that they have seen His power in their hard times. It was an amazing privilege to hear about how they have seen God work. Low and behold though, an opportunity to see God’s ability to use our hard times was presented at the end of the week. It was an opportunity so amazing that I want every person who has supported Timothy with prayer to hear about it.

It has been about a year since our world was turned upside down. Our routines have been changed and we have been pushed out of our norms. It is easy to look and complain about the things that we have lost. For me, the highlight of a Timothy week is chapel. There is absolutely no way to describe how amazing it is to sing God’s praises with 500 kids. When I interviewed at Timothy and got to see it for the first time as an adult, it sealed the deal that this is what I wanted as a teacher and what I wanted for my kids as a parent. The opportunity to worship in the same room with everyone has been something that I have missed.

With the gold standard of safety protocols that we have put in place, we haven’t had the opportunity to gather together. Chapel and the ability to worship together has continued in the classrooms however, as we livestream it into each room.  As our speaker began his message, he announced that he would be reading from Acts 1. Without a request or prompt, half of the class reached down and opened their Bibles to read along with him.

While this may seem like a small moment, seeing young kids making the decision to read independently from God’s word is absolutely amazing. My desire as a Timothy teacher is to help my students to make their faith their own.  Seeing the kids reach into the word themselves was a great reminder that God is still at work at Timothy, even in the challenges we have faced.  If we were in a “normal” year, it would not have occurred as our Bibles would have been back in the classroom.

God is still at work and amazing things are still happening at Timothy.  Thank you for your prayers and support in this past  year.  We could not have done it without you.