There’s nothing like being asked to speak on the spot in front of 200 people. Usually this doesn’t happen everyday, but it’s been a really good practice in public speaking in a natural way. And God has been merciful at times and let the speaking go well. On one occasion it totally flopped and I learned a good lesson from that.
The student fellowship occurs every school night at this school. The students pack 100-250 students inside one large classroom or else use the main hall. They also have super fellowship on saturday nights which has more people, in the large chapel, and usually has some song performances / guest speakers in addition to the regular items.
It’s been a good discipline to make myself go to these things. Really there is nothing in it for me, and teachers don’t normally go. The students run the show themselves, which is to be commended, and usually I just sit and listen and absorb the culture of faith going on at this school. And sometimes that means keeping my mouth shut, but there have been a few occasions where I was glad I spoke to the person speaking afterwards to challenge him in his thinking. By and large, these students get the gospel and aren’t too off the mark of sound doctrine. Our prayer is for them to internalize the gospel at an early age so they can be a powerful presence of the real christianity, not the fake healing and tongues crusades going around town, to their peers. In the process, it’s a good check for me to make sure I am doing the same thing.