By Sue Gable
The last two months have been somewhat uneventful around the Gable household and Haven Baptist Church. (In saying that I am not complaining nor discounting the blessing of faithful, stable members and visitors). The greatest blessing was the addition of 17 year old Austin Stump to our membership. He sure has a heart for the things of the Lord and could use your prayers as he grows in the Lord and attends Pottsville High School.
Since I don’t have much more NEW news to report, and after spending a few sleepless hours thinking about what I could share with you all, I believe the Lord directed my thoughts to some major life changing PAST events. In my devotions I came across this verse in Psalm 68, verse 19; “Blessed be the Lord, Who DAILY loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah (stop and think).” So I stopped and thought and recounted my blessings.
As many of you know my husband and I were saved some 30 years ago at LVBC; we came there with our 1-1/2 yr old daughter through the invitation of a young family with two elementary aged daughters. We had watched the testimony of this family for about 5 months prior to coming to LVBC. In fact the lady of the house painted the verse that still hangs in the learning center today; Isaiah 45:22; “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” I was particularly impressed with their young girls’ behavior and their hearts for the things of God. I found out that they were taking an hour+ bus ride to the closest Baptist Academy. I wanted that kind of education for my daughter and any future children I might, and did have. Oh I remember how strongly I desired a Christian school but didn’t want a lengthy bus ride for such a young child (Jen would still be 4 at the start of her kindergarten year). I recall pleading with God for this request and He answered above and beyond what I expected in the construction of the educational wing that would house Emmaus Baptist Academy. Little did I know then how much time I would spend there with my five children.
Over the next 15 or so years I was on lunch duty, playground duty, pizza pick-up, tutoring students, teacher’s classroom aide, and even substitute teacher for Consumer Math one semester. My favorite spot to serve in was the library, my love for books made it my favorite place to be. Oh how I remember loving to be around my children’s school, it was probably what I missed the most about moving to Schuylkill County. I remember when my husband would come down to teach a course in the Bible Institute or preach EBA chapel, the first thing I would do was to see if there were any books that needed to be put away in the library!!
The next 14 years the Lord had me homeschooling my children, it was a good growing experience for me, but now the Gable family has come full circle. We have sent our last child Rachel for her last year of school to EBA. It’s been quite a challenge for Rachel, setting her own goals in each subject daily, but still allowing time for the many extra activities- choir volleyball, bells, chapels, Bible memory, etc provided by the school. For the last few years Rachel got in the habit of taking my weekly lesson plans and completing her subjects in a certain order. Many weeks she would start out by doing the whole week’s worth of Bible and Spelling on Monday, followed each day by the other subjects. Now she needs to readjust to working on each subject daily. Most of her quizzes in past years were used as worksheets, now she is quized and tested regularly- quite a difference for her and me. I know I haven’t quite adjusted to her being gone yet even though it has been 5 weeks now– 31 weeks to go 🙂 Pray for Rachel as she doesn’t have the Lord’s direction for her future yet.
We praise the Lord for EBA, Mr Anger, and his faithful staff, volunteers etc., and of course the Folletts for housing Rachel. The school has been a great blessing for all of our family over the last 30 years. While I wouldn’t trade the great times of homeschooling, I truly believe EVERY child at LVBC should spend some time enrolled in the school . HAPPY ANNIVERSARY EBA!! Thank you for the blessing that you (EBA and LVBC) have been to the entire Gable family!