Bug O Nay Ge Shig

School – Bena, Minnesota

Planting Seeds of Hope

In The Lives Of Our Youth

Lorraine and I were deeply humbled to again bring Jesse Paul Smith and Benny K to the “Bug School” for the fourth time. We have seen what we believe is a definite progression for the good. Our door into the Bug School was through Chad Brown, a friend who was the dean of students at the time. When we arrived that first time, I encountered Chad in the hall and asked him if he was going to go in to the assembly. He said, “No, he had to attend to students,” and just then a fight broke out down the hall. He turned and ran to break it up. After the assembly Jesse said to me, “This is the hardest school I’ve ever done.”

Jesse, a hip hop dancer, danced for the students and then shared how to have positive speaking, thinking and perspective.

Jesse has been heckled as well, but he knows how to shut it down. I have seen a trend over our four visits. The students seem to be more and more attentive. The last one was quite remarkable. The biggest respondents were the third graders who were enthusiastically engaged. Jesse even quizzed them on what he had told them and they responded correctly. We have made an impact, of that there is no doubt.

The students have fun after the presentation getting photos with Jesse and getting him to sign their hand.

The man in this photo is a Special Ed Para at the school.

Comment from the Para “Good message! Excellent message!”

Please sow a financial see into our ministry so we can continue to reach our youth.


By Lorraine

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 63: 1 (NIV)

Have you ever been reading scripture and have a word jump out at you? I have and my word was “seek.” There was something about that word that the Lord wanted me to know. I looked up the definition of seek . . .

To restore to: to go in search of: look for: to try to discover.

Whatever I was looking for, I could tell in my heart that that was not it.

Then I asked the question, “What does it mean to be a seeker of the Lord?”

I thought on this for some time and the answer came to me. I will share with you the definition that the Lord gave me of a seeker.

A seeker is an individual who is willing to be transformed in the process of diligently pursuing Him.

The key word in this definition is “transformed.” Why? The answer is that many people can seek God but a true seeker will allow God to transform them as a result of seeking Him.

Also meaning that “they change.” The way they think changes, the way they talk changes, their habits change, and many other things in their lives will change. Being a true seeker will bring constant change in the seeker’s life.

Some people seek God but they do not change. They go through all the right steps of what the Bible would call “works” but in the end they do not change because they are not willing to submit their will to God.

“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12: 2 (NIV)

In order to be transformed of mind you need to be a true seeker of God. You can not seek God and not be willing to give up your own personal ideals that don’t come into alignment with God’s Word. A believer seeks God so he or she can become more like Christ.

Be a true seeker. Be willing to seek Him diligently. Be willing to be transformed.

In His Service,

George and Lorraine Halama

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