Update On My Oklahoma Internship #2

Hello there, everyone!

So, I have been having an interesting couple of weeks. I want to tell you everything but that would take a little too long. Lol! In my last email two weeks ago, I said how I was in quarantine. Well, I got out and taught that Thursday and Friday. The weekend came and went and then I was face-to-face with my first full week of teaching. I was every excited. I was still tired from the sickness I had gotten over but I was doing well.
Monday went fine and then Tuesday was going well till the last class.
The last class my teaching partner and I were in was a Pre-K class. We did expect the small attention spans but we did not expect little Lillian. Lillian kept wanting to talk during the lesson. Finally towards the end, my teaching partner went over to talk to her one-on-one and little Lillian went on to talk about nightmares and being afraid of monsters. We thought that was sad, but didn’t give too much thought to it. Well, this week, we went in again to that class and little Lillian once again fought for our attention. My teaching partner again went over to have one-on-one time with her and Lillian went on to say how she has a nightmare every night and that she sleeps on the couch and is afraid of the dark and the creaking floorboards, but then this little 5 year old said something unexpected; she knows that it is all in her head! She is petrified of these “monsters” and nightmares she keeps having and yet she knows that they don’t really exist! Please pray for Lillian. My heart broke for her and I felt so sorry for her and yet, there is nothing I can really do for her except pray since we are not allowed to talk to them about God and Jesus.
Anyway, back to week two, last week, Wednesday came and it was FANTASTIC! God was orchestrating everything that day and I CANNOT take any of the credit. I had planned with my partner the night before and was already to go Wednesday morning. We got to the school and went into the teacher’s lounge and the staff member in charge told us there was a change in plans. I was NOT to teach with my partner but I was to teach with another person as that person’s partner was not there and he was a Level 1 person like myself. In a split second, I had to completely throw out my lesson plan, figure out what the guy’s teaching plan was, figure out what I was to do, and then go and teach the first class of the day. All that in less than 5 minutes! I knew that I was not going to be able to do it on my own, but I retained a good attitude about it and said, “Okay, Lord, I’m hanging on for the ride. You’ve got to take control or this is going to be a mess!” And control it He did. The classes went over so well and the children were so receptive and enjoying the classes, it was phenomenal! God totally made me adaptable to my situation and gave myself and my unexpected teaching partner of the day the grace and the strength to teach our classes. So far, that has been the best day of teaching for me yet! I will never forget it.
This week presented me with a new challenge. It was a challenge that I knew I was going to hit but I was positive it wasn’t going to happen till about halfway through the session, which is in another three weeks. For a few days, I was struggling emotionally. I was missing my family terribly, especially my little sister Sarah who is two years old. I had showed my roommate over the weekend a few videos of my sister and while watching those I realized how I didn’t really recognize her voice and how much I had forgotten about her and how much I missed her and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Those thoughts kept running through my mind until finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. Last night, (Tuesday night) instead of going to my elective practice, basketball, I stayed behind and had some time with the Lord. I cried my eyes out and prayed for a whole thirty minutes. I was broken and knew I needed the Lord’s help and wisdom. I knew that I could not get through this trial on my own and I gave it over to Him. I started feeling relief and yet there was still something not right in my spirit. That is when I thought of Satan. I began to rebuke Satan and asking the Lord to make Satan flee from my presence and I told Satan he would no longer keep getting the victory over my mind and my heart. Instantly, relief came over my spirit and a smile came to my face when I was praying and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t stop smiling! Satan no longer had control and had fled and now today, I felt so renewed and freed and blest.
Thank you to all of you that are faithfully praying for me. Your prayers are NOT in vain I assure you. Thank you so much for your support in prayer. It is wanted and appreciated. God bless you all.
Love in Christ,
Chelsea
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Sunglasses Swag Contest

Sunglasses Swag Contest!

Sept. 25 – Oct.5 2013

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As hosted by the Royal Family of the VDP: Tradition and Culture

Here at the Valiant Defender’s Party, team building is key. While principles may make us all acquaintances, it is people and relationships that will enable us to work together. With that being said, it’s time for our Sunglasses Swag contest!

To enter, post your sunglasses pic on any of the following:

Our Facebook Group

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Instagram @valiantdefendersparty or tweet @ValiantDefParty with the hashtag #sunglasses #valiantdefendersparty!

By email attachment to info AT valiantdefendersparty DOT com or by contacting any of the VDP leaders.

Update On My Oklahoma Internship

 

Hey there, everyone!

What an amazing and crazy two weeks it has been! We’ve all been very busy, but I can clearly see God blessing this ministry.
The first ten days of being here in Oklahoma was actually spent at a place called Eagle Springs. The first three days that we were there, we took time just to renew our walk with the Lord and purify our hearts, which was wonderful and then we spent five days training and that was intense!!!! We even had homework to do! And let me tell ya, for not being in high school for two years, doing homework is rally strange.
We Level 1 people had to learn a lot during those five days as we had never done the program before and it was powerful to see the staff here so passionate about what In The Gap is doing. When I finally realized the dire situation that most of these inner city children are in, I cried for a solid half-hour. The lives of these children are just so messed up, and though we cannot talk about Jesus in the schools, just being able to teach them good character (character that Jesus would possess) is wonderful! It has helped a lot of the children to become better children and not get mixed up in gangs like they do in this city.
Once training was done, we came back to Oklahoma City and the very next day, I became ill. I thought nothing of it and thought it was just one of those 24 hour bugs but by Monday morning, it was full-blown sickness and I had to stay quarantined in my room. I was so ready to teach on Monday but God wanted me to stay back and pray for the rest of the interns and the teaching ended up going well. Come Monday evening though, I had a scary situation. I almost fainted! For those of you that have never fainted/passed out BE GLAD!!! Basically, I was not putting enough food and water in me to combat the sickness and when I went to move, I moved too quickly and I almost passed out. If I had not been in a sitting position, I definitely would have fainted. God was merciful to me and after that incident, we got tons of things pumped into me so I don’t have another spell.
Today finds me still sick and quarantined in my room, but once again, I prayed for the interns and the schools and I cannot wait to hear the report.
I want to thank all of you that are diligently praying for me. It means so much and I have had a wonderful time getting to know some of the other interns and staff. I has been a blessing so far.

God bless,
Chelsea

Where I Was On Sept 11, 2001

It’s funny how when something major enough happens you still remember it years later, eh? To this day I can still remember Sept 11, 2001 (aka  911) better then I can my birthday last month. I had just turned 9 at the time that day came about. But it was significant, maybe one of the biggest news events of my lifetime to date. On 911 I was homeschooling just like any other day, when suddenly my mom interrupted us and told us to quickly come watch what was on TV because it would be a historical event. When I got to the living room I seen what she was talking about, well you can imagine what it was like for a 9 yr old to see planes crashing into large towers and them on fire and everything else that happened. And a crazy thing about it is that it could have been me in the tower that day, or you. It’s an event I’ll probably never forget and a day I’ll remember all those people who died and their families.

You all may have similar (or not so similar) memories of 911, feel free to post in the comments if you like!

President Adam DeKroon

From: http://adamdekroon.com/2013/09/where-i-was-on-sept-11-2001/

New VDP Officials Elected and Appointed

Adam Wentworth has been elected VDP Vice President. The High Command has appointed Joshua Speer into the position of Chief Justice of the Justices Supreme. They will serve the Valiant Defender’s Party until they formally resign from the position.

I am honored to be a part of the foundation of this new Party and I hope that I may be an
asset for the continuation of justice that party has so long upheld. And it is my belief that
we will continue to serve justice and equality for all.
For Justice, Liberty, and Equality

Chief Justice Joshua D Speer

 

VDP Election: 8/31/13

Adam Wentworth

 Whitney Lauren Tittle

A message from VDP VP candidate Whitney Tittle

New Watchman Project Website

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The Watchman Project, a partner of the Valiant Defender’s Party, has launched a new website. Check it out!