You can't even know what you've done- the impact you've had.
Several of you responded with just a little thing, but that seed is shooting up, strong and leafy:
My students have required outside reading, and many choose books from my classroom library. My library was largely created through donations of books from my friends and family in the Dallas area. Before I asked for donations, the library was small, and I desperately needed a wide variety of interesting and edifying reads to ensnare reluctant and voracious readers alike.
Well, you provided. I got hundreds of books. I've taken several suitcases full to Haiti.
On Friday their reading reports were due. Here's some of what I read:
"I've seen a part of life that I never thought I could have. I've seen happiness and hope...I needed this book in a way... For a while now, I've been going to God. Talking to him like he was sitting by my bed asking me what's wrong. I feel like he is there with me, I feel like weight has been lifted off my shoulders."
"It incites me to have a closer relationship with God...I am really happy to know that God who is the creator of the universe and who is perfect cares about me, who is not perfect, a sinner."
"I learned how our hearts are idol-making machines. I did not really understand it back then but now I believe I have a better idea... I noticed that we can find God lavishing grace anywhere even the places most unexpected."
"Because now that I've read it, I am a different person. I see God in a different way, I do not see everyone around me as enemies anymore, but friends...I can relate to every single chapter and every single page in this book. I have never in my life, related to a book like I did to this one."
"I felt God speaking to me directly...From the time when I started reading this book, I felt a massive change in my life.
"Reading this book I have realized and felt a way that I've never felt before...Now I view God with love and not anger."
The books these six students were reviewing above were Crazy Love, The Shack, Speechless, Run Baby Run, Visions Beyond the Veil, and a book I was given five copies of: Same Kind of Different as Me. Many more are gobbling up the John Grisham, Tom Sawyer, and Kite Runner-type books you donated as well.
You guys gave me these books. I gave them to my students. God spoke through them.
And thank you, thank you, thank you, Jesus, for speaking into their hearts.