The students at RVA have chapel for 15 minutes a day, four days a week. I had the great privilege to speak to the student body in RVA's chapel this past week. This was a Friday. On Friday chapels, all of student body (from elementary to high school) and many of the faculty meet out at the flagpole near Kiambogo (RVA's first building). We sing the Kenyan national anthem in Swahili and English as the Kenyan flag is raised. You can watch this beautiful tradition here.
Then, I was able to speak. I talked about having courage. As I began, a gust of wind blew, and my note card blew away! I couldn't read the text from the Bible, because I needed to hold the microphone in one hand and the Bible in the other, but the wind kept blowing the thin Bible pages over. So, I had to close the Bible and just speak. Perhaps God wanted me to speak to the students from the heart.
I used the text from Numbers on Caleb and Joshua wanting to go into the Promised Land while the other spied did not. I wanted to get the point across that we often begin to lose our courage as we grow older. When we are kids, we are convinced that God can do anything. Then, we become more practical and responsible, and somehow lose sight of God's power and the power of the Holy Spirit in us.
I told the kids to not let their youth hinder them. Don't wait to serve God. I used the text of David and Goliath to show God uses young people. I then told the student body how I brought two of my heroes to Kenya with me, my sons. I almost got choked up, but I held it together. If you watch the video, you can see a brief pause when I called them my heroes. That was me gathering myself. I then talked about our Faith the Cow story and how God is doing something incredible through Mason.
It was well received. You can watch it here. Then, the bell rang and the students were excited to rush off to chai time!