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They Really Are Listening

November 30, 2016
By Diane Bisping, CA Learning Specialist
They Really Are Listening

It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the home stretch of first semester. During the past few months, new friendships have been made, assignments have been completed, and rounds of tests and projects have been finished. With the coming intensity of the end of the semester, it is easy to forget the challenging hurdles and steep mountains scaled from previous years. That is, until a former student reaches out and reminds us what is really being accomplished here at Concordia Academy. This letter, written earlier this fall by one of last year’s graduates, should remind all staff and parents to never give up with their encouraging words and enforced expectations. As you can see from what she writes...she really was listening.

I ran into a former teacher today and realized how much I miss Concordia. Especially you! I have started college successfully. I am overjoyed and so blessed to be on this campus and the story of how everything played out is quite a good one. The Lord keeps surprising me in so many ways. I wanted to let you know, that I am majoring in Social Work. I have the idea that I may want to do international social work so then I can apply more of a full world perspective.

But I do know that the Lord has placed in my heart the passion to work with the Hispanic community, particularly with kids. My heart always leans toward those in urban cities, less fortunate areas, where they don't have the same opportunities. Following the Lord's call in this, in the beginning, was very difficult for me, but now, I am so grateful that I am walking in obedience. I am very excited for the things that are to come, and for the Lord to use me in the lives of others.

I am very proud of myself. Concordia was the best preparation for here. Living at the dorms is something completely new for me, and it's a very exciting experience. The Lord really did some mind-blowing, incredible things, and I see now how He was shaping my character through this whole season. Everything came together at last second, and I know the Lord did it in that way, to see if I would continue to trust Him, even to the very end of it. God really stretched and moved me, and I see now just what He has been preparing me for in the last few years. I really recognize just all that I am capable of accomplishing, because of who the Lord is in me.

I definitely learned a thing or two about persevering at Concordia. You all made sure of it!! Especially in math...you were right. The problem was never the actual math. It was the lesson of learning to persevere through the difficulties!

I miss CA, and all the staff and I wish I could do it all over again. I miss those familiar hallways! I've gotten lost here's a hundred times, missed lunch twice, nearly lost my shoes in the middle of crossing the street, and not to mention, I somehow managed to get lost by myself in downtown Minneapolis...but that's another story!

It has really been quite the adventure. But I'll be back soon enough; seems you all won't be able to get rid of me that easily. I miss you too, and look forward to seeing you very, very soon!  

Love,
Valentina

When I look back, I remember Valentina when she was a freshman.  She was insecure, lacked confidence, and found herself holding on for dear life at times.  To read this letter now makes me smile sweetly inside, knowing that in all the efforts, all the encouragements, and all the promptings, she has fully taken up the mission for her life; to be the best she can be and to not let any obstacle get in the way of God’s purpose for her life.  So remember, the next time you doubt whether they are hearing you or not…they really are listening.