MEA Hosts Service Week of Prayer

November 21, 2019 | Education | Nick Lawrence

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward." — Amelia Earhart

Service is a lifestyle Christians are called to live — and that is exactly what Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) students did last week during their fall week of prayer in Bozeman, Mont. The theme of service rang throughout the chapel as students from every grade shared songs, skits and talks regarding the importance of becoming a servant for Christ.

The senior class started off the week of prayer with an incredible song service and powerful skit — one that showed what Jesus gave for each of us. Senior Kyle Susens shared a personal story of service on the court and how Christians should act, even when it is extremely difficult. The juniors then took over on Tuesday with a skit about commitment to Christ and service. Cayden Fraizer dove deep into the topic of weakness — why Christians should put aside their pride and choose to be "weak" so Christ can make them strong in His image.

Sophomores changed up the pace by giving us two worship talks during chapel. Sophomores Sharra Durtka and Aiden Knox both shared their thoughts on service. Durtka gave a talk on talents, and Knox gave his talk on the different ways we can serve God.

The freshmen class presented some new talent with freshmen Emily Biegler, who talked about phone service (communication) with God, and Shelby Dietrich, who told us about a man who was willing to risk it all to serve and save an enemy.

MEA closed the special week with vespers sponsored by Associated Student Body (ASB). The ASB chaplain, Kaleb Jones, shared an incredible true story of serving others who hurt us.

The academy then "stormed" church with a fabulous church service showcasing multiple talents and abilities. The service involved a slideshow, a skit performed by the ASB team, a stop-motion video produced by Jasmine Ramirez, a sermon by ASB president Samuel DePaula, and a closing performance by the Mount Ellis Academy general choir, directed by Leisel Rogers.

Not only were the students able to learn about service, but they were able to experience it during this week of prayer. The Sabbath before, Brent Tungesvik and I took a group of students to deliver paper bags to local neighborhoods for our MEA food drive. The Sabbath after, we collected 500 pounds of food that was donated to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. An employee said we donated more food than one of the local grocery stores had. It is spectacular to see how 15 students can raise 500 pounds in less than four hours of work. It was a living reminder that “... with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).

The students at MEA have completely blown me away with their dedication and hard work. This was a marvelous week of prayer — only made possible by the students who decided to serve others.