“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.” 1 Corinthians 3:7-8 New Living Translation (NLT)
Inspire One classes are in full swing at both the Fresno and Biola campuses, and that is in part because of the team of volunteers behind the scenes, and the faithful supporters of the ministry. Working behind the scenes with Inspire One means that there aren’t many pictures of you or your work – just the fruit of it! There are families that bring cookies to celebrate birthdays, people who organize and pass out binders of music, visitors who come to class with pencils for rewards. The Inspire One Board hashes out details so we can attend to our responsibilities well. Hundreds pray for our staff and students, and many donate their own money to see that our community continues to benefit from a creative arts education that builds bridges to connect families from various cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Last week, children from both campuses were treated to the Good Company Players production of “The Will Rogers Follies.” The afternoon included a backstage tour led by Dan Pessano (Founder of the Good Company Players), a free soda AND ice cream. A quote from Will Rogers expresses well what we experienced… “It don’t take much to see that something is wrong, but it does take some eyesight to see what will put it right again.” This kind of selfless generosity goes a long way in putting things “right again.”
We have been blessed with the donation of a storage unit by Derrel’s Mini Storage to house our music library, instruments, and supplies. The weight of the heavy boxes stacked on top of each other has begun to damage the music and we discussed the need for shelves. Mrs. Teter (our Youth Choir director) mentioned this need to a couple of friends at a dinner party and “Voila!” – Ken Warkentin – Executive Director of the Valley Center for the Blind, and Jim Wiebe – friend and UPS driver made it happen (with the help of my husband, Steve.)
Each person that has come alongside to help Inspire One has chosen to lay aside their own plans to benefit others. The reward is the fruit, and the privilege of watching God make it grow.
Little Biola cellist Andrew on his way to see the show last Sunday said to me in the passenger seat of my car, “When I grow up, I want to make enough money to help the homeless.” Only the Lord knows the seeds that are being planted in these young lives, and the eternal fruit that will grow in the future. Thank you for your part in planting seeds wherever you are!