CBS Tales: Part Three – CW Term Project

For weeks at CBS, I thought about this idea. Over and over it went in my head, till it was scattered beyond recognition. But it had become too precious to me to simply throw away, so I sat down with Microsoft Word, and we worked it out. Holding a printed sheet of paper with this overwhelming project was too much, and I lost it. I was completely unprepared for the feelings of inadequacy that washed over me right then. To Jesus I cried, or rather whispered, ‘Lord, is it worth it?’

In tones of tenderness, He spoke those words I needed to hear, revealing my need for help.

So that morning, during first period, I searched the CBS campus to find Mrs. Glick. I finally found her with her mug in the dining room, her coffee shop getaway. She listened, understood, and prescribed. That day, she shared my needs with the Christian Womanhood class It was simple. I wanted to do a photo essay about Biblical women set at CBS. I needed someone to be the main model for me, to help set up and tear down the shots, to help coordinate with other characters, and to give guidance and anchorage to my ideas.

I kept my head down and eyes averted, not wanting to see the looks of skepticism and doubt I expected, not wanting to see the reluctant hand raise. But I risked a glance at one of my friends, and to my shock, a hand shot up as soon as Janelle was finished talking. This hand was eager, fingers stretched, and arm fully extended!

Such was the beginning of my delightful partnership with a girl from Indiana named Juli Mast. The next chance we got, we sat down and worked out the details of each shot, getting a rough idea into our heads about what this might end up looking like. She gave amazing advice and insight, and her ideas were brilliant. She was as fully on board with the project as I was, and there had been no need for coaxing or convincing. With the fresh wind she brought, we were ready to get this show on the road!

It was difficult figuring out when to work together and when to focus on the other log term projects we both had going. We worked during study hall and before supper; during off periods and during lunch. We had to coordinate with the other participants, and plan each unique shot. It was a lot of work! But I believe the end result was entirely worth all the effort and pains it cost.

So without further ado, here’s Juli Mast’s and my Christian Womanhood term project:

CBS Tales: Part Two — Chorus

I recently came home after experiencing 3rd term at Calvary Bible School. This is my attempt to publicly review those good times. Enjoy the ride!

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And we’re back with another CBS Tale! Today I will tell you about the 45 minute time-period known as Chorus.

Our director was Wendell Glick from Ontario, Canada. Mr. Glick has been studying Choral Composition for a number of years now, and so we were blessed to be able to sing some of his original songs. He had a way of pulling out the best of his singers — things we didn’t even think we could do! But the scary pieces of sheet music he gave us at the beginning soon became beloved parts of our days.

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The theme he chose for our repertoire was rest. Our third song was probably the lynchpin of our lineup: it was called Come, Bring Your Burdens to God. It emphasized how Jesus will never become weary of us coming to Him with our burdens. Other songs talked about Matthew 11:28-30, and another song was Mr. Glick’s arrangement of one of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poems called, Out in the Fields With God. I would have to be very hard pressed to pick a favorite!

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We gave three programs. The first one was at a local prison in Calico Rock. It was a great opportunity to minister to people who likely do not receive a lot of outside encouragement! One of the best things about that program for me wa that I recognized some of the men from last year. And they recognized us! At the end of our program, as they filed out, we sang Bambelela, and some of them were singing along! The second program was at a ‘Spirit-filled church’, also in Calico Rock, called Soul’s Harbor. It was a tiny building, and it felt like we took up half the room! This was also where we were live-streamed, and apparently were watched by ‘millions around the world’, as the pastor claimed. The third program was at Calico Rock First Baptist Church, where visiting Mennonites made up half the audience! We had wonderful times of ministry everywhere we went.

Mr. Glick also has a big heart for Beachy youth, and involved himself with a lot of our activities! He even tried his best to learn to Double Dutch…

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Lastly, shout out to our Infamous Back Row! We had some lively, hilarious times.

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Tales of CBS: Part One – Highlights from My Classes

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I recently came home after experiencing 3rd term at Calvary Bible School. This is my attempt to publicly review those good times. Enjoy the ride!

I think the biggest gift Calvary Bible School has given me is perspective. I could see myself, the world, and those around me at home in a new light, and that is something that not a lot of people get to experience. For six weeks, I had the privilege of being immersed in a community of people who were all my age, dealing with a lot of the same problems as me, and passionate about serving Jesus. The spiritual energy of 65 youth living together for six weeks is an amazing thing, and it has enough power to change your life.

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I got to dig into God’s Word, finding answers to a variety of questions. My classes helped me to understand the Bible better, seeing how the New Testament fulfills the Old, and better appreciate the deeper meanings and grander themes of some of the more difficult passages. I learned a lot about Jewish History, (which class I would highly recommend if you ever get a chance – seriously, you will be so grateful!) thanks to Elam Stoltzfoos, whose passion for history I’ve hardly seen in our Beachy circles. In his class, we learned the entire history of the Jews, from Abraham to Hitler and beyond, and discovered how important the Jews are to the history, and even the future, of the world. For this term project, I wrote on the Jewish feasts – their significance and practical ways to remember them today. It turned out to be one of the most fulfilling projects I’ve brought home! My favorite part of this class was my classmates! Throwback to the day Mr. Stoltzfoos taught us about the Blood Covenant in Genesis 15, when I finally understood everything, sat back, glanced around the room, and laughed at how everyone’s mouths were hanging open, staring wide-eyed at our teacher and each other! Throwback to the special time before class when candy was passed around while Elam stood smiling, waiting till the bag was home to say, “Okay, welcome to class…” #JewishHistoryRules

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In Christian Womanhood, we studied themes of rest, submission, redemption, trust, and much more. Our teacher, Janelle Glick, led us through the Scriptures, looking at one woman or sometimes groups of women in chronological order. We learned about the strict OT Laws regarding women, the influential role women had in building the NT church, and a lot more. The biggest lesson I learned from that class was how to rest in God’s presence. One particular homework assignment was an hour of solitude, something that is very difficult at CBS! But, as we discovered, it was also very needful. If I may share something personal, during this time, I had been facing some serious decisions, and I was feeling overwhelmed as I tried to fully engage at CBS. But through my time with God at the creek, I was filled with a peace and trust as the Spirit showed me clearly how God would never desert me. Another big thing from this class for me was the term projects. Some girls did pieces of art, some wrote convicting term papers, one team did a dramatic recitation, but Juli Mast and I did a photo essay. Yup, and that’s a whole nother story that we’ll save for another day!

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The last class of my day was Character of Joseph by Ken Kauffman. This class was full of discussion, important life lessons, and creative class times! My favorite part was how we split into groups to discuss relevant issues, such as finding God’s will, and the meaning and purpose of courtship. *wink Four students from this class did their term project together by writing a play about the life of Joseph. Together they wrote, coordinated, recruited, and rehearsed, pulling off a thirty-minute drama that was meaningful and hilarious. Shout out to my bestie Annalisa and my #fave5yo Kels for their parts in executing this huge project! It was truly a blast to wear those sunglasses and wield those enormous spears!IMG_1314