Earlier today I spoke to five different lunch periods at Quail Valley Elementary School, a total of 500 students along with many of their parents and loved ones. Today was the inaugural "Lunch with a Loved One" assembly where parents and loved ones join the students for lunch.
During each "Lunch with a Loved One" assembly the principal wants to have a different behavior emphasized in conjunction with a program called PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), which has the goal of building character and motivating students to become responsible citizens. Today I spoke on gratitude for five-minutes at each assembly. (Yeah, I only spoke for five-minutes! Nothing is impossible with God!)
I didn't know this going into it, but this was the first time they've ever done this assembly. One lunch period assembly was so crowded they had to send people outside to eat!
After the group of fourth graders, a little girl came up to me and said, "I'm sad."
"Why are you sad?"
"My mom couldn't come."
Principal Pena said to me, "Today is really good and really sad." She meant that the assembly itself was a success, because lots of parents and guardians showed up. But, of course, not everyone could make it.
I noticed one couple who sat through every single assembly, so I finally had to go over and talk to them. It turns out they have five kids, so they sat through every assembly so they could have lunch with each one of their children.
And tomorrow I go back with five others from our church for the Children of the Nation's meal packaging event. The students will package 20,000 meals which will feed between 60,000 and 100,000 children in Malawi, Africa.
Please keep us in prayer -- that we can make connections for the gospel that will eventually be life changing.