Each Gem State Academy class (seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen) adopted a neighborhood near the school this semester for on-going outreach and relationship building. London Lee, Bible Teacher/Chaplain/Pastor and Ben Purvis Bible/Music Teacher have inspired their students to focus on new housing developments near the campus. Students have already gone door-to-door surveying the spiritual interest in their adopted neighborhoods and have discovered more than a dozen families interested in Bible studies.
Here are the seven questions asked at each door–
- Do you believe in God?
- Do you believe in prayer?
- Do you believe God answers prayer?
- If you could ask God for any one thing, what would it be?
- Can we pray right now and ask God for that thing? (If the person said “yes” the surveyor offered a brief prayer asking God to show Himself to this person in this need in their life)
- Have you ever studied the Bible by topics?
- Are you interested in joining a weekly Bible study group led by Christian high school students?
Principal Mike Schwartz shares this update–
“Over the past few weeks many of our students have gone to our immediate community to invite our neighbors to study the Bible and to invite them to attend the ‘God So Loved’ meetings at Cloverdale. Tomorrow night is the first Bible study on campus for those who said they would be glad to come to the school for a group Bible study. Other Bible studies are being arranged in homes both in English and Spanish. At least 26 have told us that they are serious about studying the Bible with us.
Last Friday afternoon London Lee, our new Bible teacher/pastor, personally visited in thirteen of the homes where people had told our students that they wanted to study the Bible with us. London commented to me after receiving positive responses from every home he visited, ‘Is it really that simple that we ask people if they would like to study the Bible?’ We are excited about our students actively engaging in ministry.
It’s going to be awesome to see how God will work through our students for decisions for Him in the neighborhoods adjacent to our school. Pray for us in this endeavor.”