Unexpected Blessings

Our sophomores recently had their retreat that was focused on service. We planned the weekend to give our students the opportunity to serve with a few local ministries and give them exposure to what God is doing right here in Wichita. We also wanted to mix in some fun bonding experiences throughout the weekend.

As we all know, there are times that we make our plans and God takes things in a different direction. The weather last weekend was not cooperating, so we had to be flexible with our schedule. The highlight of my weekend was watching our sophomore students adjust to an unfortunate situation and make the most of it. I was so encouraged by their positive attitudes. Instead of complaining about the situation, they welcomed the back up plans and even created some ideas of their own. It ended up being one of the best retreats I have been on. God showed that His plans were far greater than anything we had planned.

We ended up going to World Impact here in Wichita on the last day. We pulled out carpet, dug trenches, and worked in their thrift store sorting and labeling items. We also heard an amazing testimony from a couple that was directly impacted by the World Impact ministry.

I was reminded last weekend the power of positive thinking. What could have been a frustrating situation transitioned to a wonderful weekend where God moved in the hearts of our students. I was inspired by our sophomores to be more intentional about looking at difficult situations through positive lenses and then responding accordingly.

Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds”


Kenny Waddell

Secondary Principal