The 2018 18 Inch Journey

Instead of your shame

you will receive a double portion,

and instead of disgrace

you will rejoice in your inheritance.

And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,

and everlasting joy will be yours.

Isaiah 61:7, NIV

This Scripture rang through the Art Barn as we gathered for the 18 Inch Journey closing dinner, testifying through tears of remembrance and smiles spread wide across 39 faces. We closed our 11th school thanking the Father for every generous exchange He made with our students.  For 60 days we walked alongside them as they became vulnerable with their stories, honest about their emotions, and wide open to letting Jesus transform their inner worlds. It was 60 days of testimony, tension and triumph, and it was glorious. 

It would take a lifetime for us to unpack everything the Lord did in their stories. We are confident that there are things that they will be reflecting on for years to come; seeds planted that they will see fruit from decades from now. While we cannot easily put words to all that’s happened, it is our joy to share moments of this school with you. As you scroll through these photos, may you feel their hope and testimony rush through your own soul. 

To the 39 Phase One and the 13 Phase Two, we are endlessly proud of you. Thank you for trusting us to lead you and for opening your heart up to the love of Jesus and family. You are bright, powerful, and full of promise. We love you. 

Sydnee MelaComment