Freedom to Worship in Schools

I just left Kapaa Middle school on the Island of Kauai. I spoke at a Christian club they have on campus during lunch. It’s always refreshing to be there with the kids and to spend the lunch hour talking about God.
I remember when the kids first wanted to start a club at their school. They were given a very difficult time and ultimately were told they were not aloud to have one. When they came to me with this news I was disturbed by it. Why would someone say that these kids were not aloud to exercise their God given Right in worshiping Him at school.
When I went to visit with the principle at that time, it was one of the most difficult conversations I have had. As I shared with her my concern she told me that God did not belong in the schools. I was blown away by this response.
I quickly reminded the principle that school was founded upon God. School started in this great nation of ours through Sunday School. If it wasn’t for the church seeing the need to teach children then we might not have school today.
She told me that it wasn’t that she didn’t “believe” in God but that she felt he didn’t belong at school. I shared that as we see all the bad things happening in our schools today, much of that is because we have strayed so far away from our Christ centered foundation. I then left her with 25 pages of literature explaining the law and why she needed to respect the kids rights of wanting a club.
Talks went back and forth for months before the kids were aloud to exercise their freedom of religion. Finally the last week of school the kids were able to have their meeting. It was a great feeling.
You might think it not too great a win since we only had one week to meet before school was out. I believe, that one meeting was worth it to those kids. Because they were willing to take a stand for their faith, they drew closer to Jesus. They had a greater understanding of why it is so important to be bold for your rights as a believer.
In the next year yet again we were presented with several obstacles to overcome in order to have the club. God is faithful tho. I think of how often we read David in Psalms talk about God being our defender and bringing our adversaries down for us. The things we face today are really small in comparison to the Great God we serve.
As the students and I continued to pray and communicate to the school how important this was to the students, we began to see God make some changes. The school got a new principle, who I knew and had worked with in the past. He too was a believer and helped us to create a platform we could use to really get the Christian club going.
When we finally got it started we were in full swing. We had so many kids coming there was standing room only. We would bring pizza and sodas and I know that helped to attract kids, but Jesus used food too;) Each week we would have more and more kids. The complaints we heard were because there were too many kids coming. 😉 Such a problem, haha;)!
Each year we have a little difficulty getting the club started and I love that! It teaches the kids to take a bold stand for their right to praise God at school. It gives them a greater appreciation for it too. Jesus will take care of those who come against us, but we need to be willing to take the a stand as believers and ensure our freedom and rights as Christians!
Today I would like to proudly yet humbly share that 6 kids got saved at the public school because of the Christian club. We may not always see the fruits of our labor, but God does! Because a few kids were passionate about having a Christian Club at school years ago, today kids got saved. Let’s all take the challenge of being steadfast in whatever call God places on our life.
1 Chor. 15:58;)

We can only imagine the harvest that will come because of obedience.

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About Sarah Rachel Hill

After graduating high school, a tragic surfing accident changed Sarah Hill's life. Suffering a broken neck and back, Sarah clung to Christ and through this painful journey, God's plan and purpose for her life started to become clear. After recovering from her accident, Sarah completed her Associate's Degree in theology from Calvary Chapel Bible College (CCBC). Trusting God, Sarah returned to surfing and became a missionary to the island of Kauai in June 2001. There, Sarah founded Kauai Child, a ministry geared toward the island's kids. Soon after arriving in Kauai, she began spending more of her time in ministry to junior and senior high students. Sarah has helped create youth groups on the North Shore of Kauai and ministers to more than 150 kids a week. Because of her fun and loving approach to youth, she has one of the largest youth groups on Kauai. Sarah takes the time to truly listen and understand the full scope of each student's needs. Her ministry also includes helping establish Christian clubs in public schools, discipling kids, counseling students and their families, and of course, her ministry to kids on the water while surfing! Grounded in her devotion and love for Christ for more than 17 years and in ministry for 12 years, Sarah's training allows her to recognize those in need and gives her the ability to reach out to them. After growing up in a tough and abusive home, through God's grace, she continues impacting lives for God's kingdom on Kauai ... and beyond. In SOUL SURFER, Sarah is portrayed by Carrie Underwood. View all posts by Sarah Rachel Hill

5 responses to “Freedom to Worship in Schools

  • Mark Story

    Great testimony. We all need to preserver and show commitment. Having great faith always produces great yields. I’m Eternally Stoked 4 you and your ministry.

  • Becky Filion

    Yet another awesome picture paited by God through you. You are right all to often we take for granted that we can get together in home fellowships, or talk about God at work without having to put up a fight for it. I do believe that in many ways it makes us weaker than those kids who unfortunately have to fight to have a Christian club in their school. We are so quick to embrase clubs that defy what the bible preaches so that everyone feels accepted. What an amazing testimony to what the bible promises.
    Philipians 4:4-9
    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

  • Marlane Tinsley

    Way to “dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness” (Ps. 37:3 NAS), Sarah. You’re faithfulness is inspiring.

  • Toblerone

    Way to go! Ppl keep on trying to make schools atheistic… not right 😛

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