November 7, 2011

Speaking Engagements

I have had the wonderful privilege of being able to speak to a total of 270 students at four Christian high schools in the last month. It started with an address to 180 students in grades 7-12 at Rehoboth Christian School in Copetown, where I have been their Principal. Then I was invited to Jordan Christian School in Jordan Station to address 30 students in grades 9-12 during their religion period. The Society and Religion class of 25 students at Hamilton District Christian School heard about my talk, and invited me last week for an hour. Then I spoke to 45 students in grades 9-12 at Oxford Reformed Christian School in Springford. It is very energizing for me to have the privilege to be in these schools and experience the hustle and bustle of teenaged students talking, and laughing in the hallways between classes. They are so full of life and energy, but mixed in with that there is also hidden dose of stresses, troubles, sadness and loneliness. These high school students are on the border line of adulthood, and many are at critical junctions in their lives when important life-changing decisions are being made.  I received a very encouraging email response from HDCH that I would like to share with you.

Dear Mr. Westerink,
Thank you so much for taking the time to come to talk to our class and inspiring us to live everyday as if it was our last. We thoroughly enjoyed your company and the perspective you gave us on something that we don’t normally have to face or think about. A few things that inspired us were; your comment about keeping our “lists” short because we don’t know if when we or anyone else may be called home, the whittling of the stick and how God slowly took things that were dear to you away and you were okay with that and how trusting in God both you and your wife are about this whole situation. Your strength and acceptance of your situation was really inspiring to us and the fact that you weren’t afraid to show your passion and emotion was touching. We wish you and your family all the best. Stay strong and may God bless the things you are doing for people like us.
Jenn, Jodie, Christy, Nate, Lexi and Niesje (Neesha)

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