Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Notebook

It came from Leila. One of my students at Friendship Christian School, she visited me several years after graduation. At that time, she was working with her youth group at church and told me about a project they had to pray for each other. Each member traced their hand and all the hands were collected into a notebook. One of their number would take the notebook each night, place their hand on each of their friend's hands, and pray for them by name. As I remember, the prayer notebook would be rotated through the group. I used that idea a number of years ago when when I was sponsor of our Westbury Christian chapter of the FCA. This week, I reinstated it with my three sophomore and two eighth grade Bible classes. I instructed each student to trace their left hand, print their name, and add their birthday. (In the interest of style and individuality, they were also allowed to decorate a little bit.) We passed a sign-up sheet around in all five classes for volunteers to take the notebooks home each night and pray for their classmates. The next day, they will simply pass it on to the person below them. About half of the students volunteered to pray for the others. I tried to make the point in one of my classes that this was a great way to get to know those who occupy the other desks in Room 258. I asked Joel and Valerie questions about each other and even though they sit two seats apart in second period, we found they have no knowledge of each other's lives. This is a way to get involved....and increase the amount of time they speak to the Father.

*Above, with the help of Michael Fonville, I have posted three samples of the hands of my sophomore young ladies.*

**You can see each sheet full size simply by left clicking.**

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