For the week of Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, we spent some focused time as a school unpacking our 2015-16 theme: God’s Legacy, God’s Promise, based on Psalm 78:3-4. We explored how God can use our stories—both the great parts and the awful parts—to do amazing things, to reveal His good deeds, and to create a powerful legacy that points people to Him.

To start the week, ESL teacher, Corrina Cameron shared her story and challenged us to see our individual life stories as a part of God’s BIG plan. Corrina (a confident, self-sufficient teenager) was diagnosed with stomach cancer when she was only 19, and God used the time of treatment and cure to show her that He is ultimately in control.  In response to Corinna’s story and inspired by the legacy created by Terry Fox 35 years ago, the entire student body participated in the Terry Fox Run.  We were blessed with a beautiful afternoon to travel the pathways close to the school.

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On Thursday and Friday, Gil Clelland from Sanctuary Church in London, shared a bit of his life journey and about the realities of poverty in our city as he challenged us both in how we view poverty and how we can respond to it. As he talked, we realized that our comfort zones often hold us back from fulfilling what God calls us to do in reaching the “least of these”. One concrete response has been through a “sock drive” which allows us to provide many with warm dry feet though the winter.

Our hope and prayer is that we have not finished theme exploration week with a “period” and continue progressing through our year unchanged, but rather that we have ended the week with a “comma”, allowing God to launch us into a year of His promises revealed and His legacy continued, in our lives, and in our school.