I want to go to a waterfall today,” Loany said.

“Let’s do it!” I happily agreed, looking forward to the adventure to come. Since most of the girls in the dorm were home for a break, I was able to take the few remaining ones on random escapades. I’ve found the times when I’ve been able to focus on just one or two girls to be some of the most meaningful and memorable.

After walking and talking together on a trail surrounded by brilliant fall foliage, we arrived at the powerful waterfall. Loany was enraptured as she took in God’s amazing creation. Even though it was a cool October evening, we swam in the frigid water, which ended up being completely worthwhile to build my relationship with this student.

After our chilly swim, Loany said, “I want to go walk downtown.”

And I said, “Let’s do it.”

Before getting out of the car, we grabbed a copy of Steps to Christ and prayed that Jesus would give us an opportunity to share His love with someone. I’m in awe at how Jesus answered this prayer.

As we walked past shops and a variety of people, we saw a woman on a bench just a few feet ahead of us throw down her phone and burst into tears. She clearly looked like she could use some love. We listened to her vent her frustrations and empathized with her pain. Then we gave her the Steps to Christ and prayed with her. She was so touched and thankful, and so was I. Not only was this a bonding experience with my student, it also bolstered our faith in Jesus.

Sharing adventures with my student Loany, right, helps us grow closer.
On a school outreach, Loany is touched to be reunited with two friends she had made while feeding the homeless.
The students offered lunches and prayer for their new homeless friends in the community.

As we continued walking, Loany said, “I want to go watch the sunrise tomorrow.”

And I said, “Let’s do it.”

Too early the next morning, Loany and a couple other girls loaded into my car for a drive to watch the sunrise together. After traveling for half an hour, my GPS told me that we had arrived even though we were in the middle of a neighborhood. I had accidentally keyed in the wrong destination. With very little time left before sunrise, Loany prayed for guidance.

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After a few minutes, she mused, “Maybe we’re supposed to feed the homeless today instead.”

And I said, “Let’s do it.”

As we drove to the city, we prayed for God’s protection and for divine appointments. I was amazed by how fearlessly Loany connected with strangers, offering them food and spiritual books.

We especially connected with a small group of individuals who lived on the streets. We got to know them a little bit and then spent time talking about Jesus together. Friendships were formed, and one of them even gave us a CD featuring him singing Christian songs that he’d written. Loany and I prayed with them and left feeling totally blessed.

Loany felt so inspired by this experience that the following week, she worked with Fletcher Academy's chaplain to plan an outreach event for the school to feed the hungry.

And I said, “Let’s do it.”

On Sabbath afternoon, an entire busload of students headed downtown to participate in this outreach. After handing out sack lunches and praying with people, the students met back at the bus where I discovered a surprise. I was delighted to see two of the people whom we’d brought meals to the week before. We exchanged hellos and hugs. Loany was especially touched by the opportunity to reconnect and pray with them. All of the students began to sing to these two special people, and I watched amazed as tears rolled down their cheeks.

I have never before so fully realized the powerful potential of saying, “Let’s do it.” I love being in a position where I can empower students to bring their ideas into fruition. Reflecting on this makes me think of 1 Chronicles 28:10, where King David instructed his son Solomon to build the temple by saying, “Take heed now, for the Lord hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.” Deciding to actually “do it” can make a bigger difference than ever anticipated. Whether it’s building a glorious temple or sharing food with the hungry, doing it for Jesus is always worthwhile.

As I continue to serve at Fletcher Academy, I hope that I have countless more opportunities to say, “Let’s do it.”

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Darcee Christensen
volunteers as an assistant girls’ dean at Fletcher Academy in North Carolina, United States. She is earning a degree in social work at Southern Adventist University.