“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments about your neck” (Prov. 1:1-2).

Prayer time with Larry, Bachelor Graduate

Certificates, Associates, and Bachelor Graduates

I thought of these words at the graduation reception for a high school graduate and then another similar reception for Larry, the IBC bachelor graduate pictured in the center of both these photos. How often young people are left without the wisdom accumulated through generations, or, the “wisdom” that is offered is not wisdom at all but foolishness. At both these receptions, however, there was wisdom offered both from the culture and from the Bible. Come with me for a minute . . .

The middle-aged Navajo man stood tall as he shared a story passed down from his great-grandfather. The speaker was a professional in the White Man’s world, well educated and successful as a marathon runner. The story he related went something like this: When your relatives find you on the battlefield, let them find you face up, with empty quiver, and with rocks in both hands. May they find you riddled with eagle-feathered arrows, for the one who killed you will have honored you by not removing his arrows. May they not find you face down with a single crow-feathered arrow in your back, shot by a child. In other words, may you be a strong, brave fighter and a hard worker, willing to persevere against all odds.

This semester we’ve seen several students turn away from the wisdom offered in God’s Word and the opportunity for growth by walking alongside a more experienced mentor. At the same time, we’ve seen the majority of students take advantage of that opportunity and relationship. There has been heartbreak and joy. How thankful I am to the Lord to have the wisdom of the ages to offer these students and not just worldly wisdom.

You have blessed and honored me again by standing with me in prayer and finances. I thank God for you! This semester I was able to teach Introduction to Worship Music, Personal Finance (with help from a newer staff member), Piano, Guitar, and Voice. Currently I am taking two classes online from Columbia International. I have my first ever sabbatical this summer (June and July) to complete these before launching back into the busy-ness of IBC!

We are praying for more students (15-20!) for fall semester. Will you join us? Pray too for God’s work in the lives of each student , that they will stand firm in the faith during the summer months.

God bless you all this summer.


Martha Gushee