It is testing time in the New Hope school. Yes, students all over the world participate in standardized testing. As a life long educator from a family of educators I assume the position that the vast majority of teachers are providing a high quality academic education for their students. Having personally observed hundreds of teachers from all across the world I am confident in my assumption. However, we live in a world where the government of our country, be it the United States or India or……, has determined what it believes are the most important information for students to have in order to prove they have progressed academically. Thus – we have standardized testing in all parts of the world, even in a slum school on the outskirts of Kolkata, India.


Please join us in praying for the students and the teachers of the New Hope school as students are given the opportunity to have a basic education in English language skills, math, and science while they are being introduced to the love of Jesus Christ. These children come from an environment that provides little hope for a better future. The New Hope school is providing them with new hope – both in a way out of the slum through education and in the realization that Jesus has love for them and Good plans for them.


Here are some men who have passed another type of test. These men are truly givers – servants if you will. They have been willing to sacrifice a big portion of their life and well being for us all. And by us all, I don’t mean only citizens of the United States. These men served in some very difficult parts of the world putting their life on the line to give folks a better life in living situations that are difficult for most of us to even imagine. They proved up in the test. Let me encourage you to give a word of thanks for the American military service men and women who have been willing to put their life on the line to make the world better.


It is a Blessing for Cheryl and I to hang out with these true American heroes as they hunt for the majestic elk – to quote one of our hunters from last season. While the success rate on actual harvest of an elk is low – the success rate on good times and appreciation is high.


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