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December 2013 News

Wave of spiritual awareness at Harlaxton State School

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Harlaxton State School students during a GAS (God at School) session run by Chaplain Debbie Dodds Photo: Debbie Dodds

In the 10 years of being a school Chaplain, Debbie Dodds has never seen anything like it.

"It seems that, all of a sudden in Term 3, students have been asking questions about God and church, and have been enthusiastically involved in their RI classes,” said Debbie, the Chaplain at Harlaxton State School.

“Harlaxton State School is only small and in the time I have been there, I haven’t known many families who would class themselves as God-followers,” she said.

In the past, Debbie said she would very occasionally see some individuals at her church, but only for a special event. “Quite a few times I have tried to run a group for Christian young people, but all they wanted to do was play games…until now.”

After noticing a real shift in the students’ attitudes and interest towards God, she asked if students in the upper school would be interested in attending a group to discuss things about God, the Bible and life.

“On first day 22 kids turned up,” said Debbie. “I asked them to describe how they saw God. There were some wonderful answers and one student boldly said, ‘He is the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings and my Heavenly Father.’”

Debbie said that the discussions have continued to grow and she has been amazed at the openness and honesty of the students.

“We now average 16 really interested students. That is one third of our upper school!”

According to Debbie, this season of breakthrough has been the result of a united effort between local churches, and in particular the great work done by The Base 57 youth group and the Lighthouse Church at Harlaxton.

“I am excited about this wave of spiritual awareness that is washing over my school,” said Debbie. “Many have prayed for years for the Holy Spirit’s presence in this place and it is rising up in the lives of these precious young people.”

“Thank you to all who have prayed for this school because I’m here to exclaim the goodness of God as He answers those prayers.”

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