“A young 12 yr old tried to commit suicide tonight .. en route to hospital right now.” A text message I received November 13th, 2017.
My friend Janice is the Principal at Ahtahkakoop Christian Academy. We became friends last spring when I visited the school she runs on Ahtahkakoop First Nation Reserve.
There was stark contrast between her excited expression as she spoke proudly of her school and students and the difficult aspects of hopelessness she described.
The suicide crisis is ugly and the Christian Academy is facing it head on with mighty big Hope for kids and families feeling lost.
Schools have the power to transform society as they shape the hearts and minds of an entire generation.
“If we want meaningful change, we have to make a connection to the heart before we can make a connection to the mind.” – George Couros
Meaningful change is happening for students at the school. Relationships are being built. Quality education is being taught. The food program is meeting practical needs. The Hope of Jesus is being felt – and is transforming lives.
However, the challenges are real.
“Sorry sis … the ambulance is calling, can’t talk now.” – Janice Nov 2, 2017 4:04pm
I am a high school teacher. I teach in a public high school and I am grateful for the outstanding and unique learning opportunities, tools and supports made available to Canadian students in my classroom. There are many practical needs that would enhance the ways students can be empowered at Ahtahkakoop Christian Academy such as: A school playground, food program supplies, support staff, a new bus, building needs, and educational tools and supplies.
Janice recently wrote to me, “I need prayers today … lots to do … I know Jesus is with me.” – Janice
Yes, she needs prayers. Yes there is much to do. BUT Jesus is with her and this changes everything. Hope is here. Hope gets the last word. The suicide crisis is NOT the end of the story for youth in this province. Hope gets the last word – Always. Because over 2000 years ago He rose from an unlikely Stable … the King of the universe rose up, for us.
Powerful leaders, advocates, athletes and world-changers are rising up from unlikely places at Ahtahakakoop Christian Academy too – and across this province.
I play with a band called Rise. We are a musician/songwriter collective that loves Jesus and aims to instill God’s hope. We recently recorded a Christian song called Hope Will Reign. Songwriter Vanessa Samuel scripted the lyrics, “In that stable, lost are found … Hope is here, here to stay.”
The song, Hope Will Reign can be purchased today at https://riseyxe.bandcamp.com/track/hope-will-reign.
All proceeds will go to Ahtahkakoop Christian Academy so that Hope can continue to reign in bigger ways through the school.
Hope is the belief that things can change.
The crisis is real, but it’s being beaten one heart at a time. Thank you for considering being part of this change!