Elevating Christian Ministries is proud to be part of Campus Impressions. Campus Impressions is a series of school assemblies that reaches out to high school and middle school aged individuals in Jefferson County. This year we sponsored 4 assemblies that were experienced by one thousand kids. Though these assemblies’ the high school and middle school aged kids experienced character building in a way that they could relate to with all the concepts coming from the Word of God.
In Cape Vincent and Guardino, kids were taught how to handle a situation with a bully through “Go, Bring, Call” (Matthew 18). Here are some of the key verses in that chapter:
Causing to Stumble - Matthew 18:6-7
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!”
The Lost Sheep – Matthew 18:12-14
12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
Showing Mercy – Matthew 18: 32-35
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
At the end of both assemblies, the audience was asked to stand up if they would actually make a change in their own lives to stop bullying in their school whenever they see it. Everyone stood up. Then they were asked to sit back down and asked again to stand not just because someone else was, or because it was the cool thing to do in this moment. They were only to stand if it really meant they were going to change. Once again the entire audience stood up.
This was a very cool moment at both schools. The kids were really processing the fact that they need to change if they are going to see real change within their school. The take-away was simple... "Will you be a light to those around you? "
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.