Friday, November 4, 2011

48 students have arrived

The school has started!!!! We have just finished week one of lectures. 
The lecture topic was Character and Nature of God. Kim Brinkman taught. She is the school leader for the Beach to Bush Discipleship Training School that is currently running. The students started arriving little by little over a week ago. There are 48 students from all over the world and 15 staff!! The welcome dinner was wonderful.
There was lots of fun preparation all day in the kitchen! Kate is on the far right, Maija is next to her with the short hair, and Katrina is in the back chopping yummy veggies!!
This is Jess. She is a co-leader on the school. Love her!
Getting the community room ready, setting our chairs and tables, center pieces with colored pencils, candles...
"YAY!! Welcome dinner is tonight!!!!!"
We all gathered in this room (the community room) and ate a yummy meal with dessert. We had name placements for each person and had a few fun table games. Afterwards we had a bon fire outside with smores, tea and coffee. 
In each corner of the room we had a little display of each focus, this was the music corner!
Film and photography focus

The welcome dinner was on a Thursday night. That first weekend is testimony sharing with the entire school. So all 63 of us gathered in the MAD room, (media center where we have lectures and worship nights), we gathered with pillows, blankets, and tissues. Each person shared their testimony. I prayed the night before and felt like God wanted me to go first. So I shared my testimony first. God gave me a picture of a door being opened wide - I felt like if we as staff were open and honest then thats like opening the door for others to be open and honest. God moved and the students/staff were totally open. As each person shared more unity filled the room. Testimony sharing lasted Saturday, Sunday, and some parts of Monday and Tuesday. 

Last night was our first small group. We will have small group once a week for 2 hours. There are 10 girls in my group and I am co-leading with my sweet friend and fellow staff Maija from Finland. It was a beautiful time together with cookies and sharing. Within that group of 10 I have 4 "one-on-one's". I will sit down and meet with them each individually every single week for about an hour. Walk along side them, mentor, disciple, challenge, pour into. God has already given me such a heart for each girl, and the school as a whole. It doesn't mean I won't be pouring into the other 44, paperwork wise though, and on a more personal level, those 4 I will be connecting wtih. I am excited to see what God does. 

Tomorrow is Saturday and the school is helping volunteer at a local school festival down the street. We will go and volunteer however they need - face painting, picking up rubbish, helping people sell things in their stalls or with whatever they need, running errands, talking to people in the community, etc. This will be awesome to pour into the community!!! I'm so excited!

Next week the lecture topic is Hearing the Voice of God and my school leader, Jason Salori will be speaking. He is such a man of God and carries so much wisdom about this topic. Its so neat to already see how GOd is moving and working in the students lives. 

Morning tea happens every single day at around 10:30am. This is the courtyard. We have fruit and pastries, tea and coffee. These are some of the students!!
Orientation day! Morrison is leading the art focus with me. We were at the photo station, taking photos of all the students for the MAD photo board!
Maija, Anna, and Katrina in relaxing and planning.

MORE NEWS: Jason has shared with us 15 staff the outreach locations for this school and has asked us to pray. I am not allowed to reveal them right now, but that will be coming soon as the locations and outreach leaders are confirmed!

I am still in need of $3,500 for outreach specifically. That much has already come in and if you have given I am so thankful that is definitely an investment in the kingdom! Outreach is Feb 14 - April 2 (roughly) My goal is prayer is to have all the rest of my funds raised before Christmas. You can donate through my blog (with paypal) or you can send checks payable to Alicia McLeod to 9205 Natchez Drive Brentwood, TN 37027.

I hope everyone in America is enjoying the fall leaves and cool weather. Its getting hotter by the day, summer is on its way. I love each of you with all my heart. Thank you for praying and being apart of this amazing journey God has me on!

I will write soon!


Anonymous said...

This is FANTASTIC!!! I can practically feel the excitement...and exhaustion! Praying for HIS joy to fill you up every single day!!
I love you~

P.S. Tell Jake I said HI!!

Denny Symer said...

Hey Kid: You look like you are doing just great and having a great time. Your parents should be sooooooooo proud of you (as I know they are). Keep up the good work and keep writing. Would love to hear from you more.

Denny, Susan, Wendy, and Pep Symer

Anonymous said...

Awesome work! Kingdom work! Thoughts of you leading others make me giggle with joy. Keep writing to keep us informed with good and bad! We want to know how to pray.

Love you!
Aunt Rhonda

Anonymous said...

Alicia - so good to see the photos and get a sense of what is going on with you and all of the people there! Exciting time! xoxo

Expect The Unexpected said...

So proud of you and also grateful for how the Lord is continuing to lead you and use you for His Kingdom here on earth. Thanks for faithfully being the hands and feet of Christ to those around you. So fun to see your creativity shinning through these photos.
Thanking God each time I remember you.

hugs and love.
Mrs. Terri