St. Matthew Lutheran School

November 13, 2014

From the Principal,

Abundantly Blessed By God! Third Annual Turkey Trot a HUGE Success!!

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights."  James 1:17

The other day, I was asked to speak for a school promotional video, and the question was raised, "What makes St. Matthew Lutheran School so unique? "

Instantly, I was so overcome with emotion that it took me a few moments to collect myself so that I could properly articulate my heart.  How do you even find the words that properly convey the culture of our school, especially with everything that just transpired over the past two days?  The best way that I could summarize such an enormous question was to state, "We are abundantly blessed by God in so many ways!"

Last August, the grieving graduates from the Class of 2013 met with some of us to process their emotions as well as discuss how we could honor and celebrate the lives of their former classmate, Jerrod Smith and his mom, Karen.  Both of these dearly loved individuals were tragically killed in an automobile accident in July.  Knowing the Smith family's passion and legacy for mission work in Honduras, this group of adolescents suggested that this year's Turkey Trot be held in Karen and Jerrod's memory, with all proceeds going towards the next scheduled Honduras mission trip in June 2015, and once again, Jeff, Jessalyn, and Kaitlyn are all planning on participating.  Last Monday, God blessed the desires of our alumni's hearts, and as a result, we watched God's hand work powerfully among us!

The weather was absolutely perfect as an eager student body approached the soccer field that morning ready to "Trot for the Children of Honduras"!  A mass of smiling and energetic St. Matthew students stampeded from their starting post when the signal was given, and we watched driven and determined young disciples run/trot/walk for 30 minutes.  In the end, there was a gratifying sense of accomplishment, not on a personal level, but as a united school family, knowing that children in Honduras would benefit from all of our efforts. As a result, we had the privilege of watching the Lord work in amazing ways through the generosity of our school families. 

As of this date, $6,587.07 has been raised in memory of Karen and Jerrod, setting a new record in the history of St. Matthew Lutheran School for the most funds ever collected during an outreach event.

Words can not adequately express our appreciation for your tremendous love and support, and we look forward to hearing how the Lord will use these funds to further His kingdom through the efforts given in Honduras.

It is a joy partnering in ministry with all of you!

In Jesus,

Mrs. Palka


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