Nov 20 Emerald Christian Academy

November 21st, 2009

Looking forward to reading your blogs Emerald students. Go ahead spell out the tough questions, no guarantee of answers but we all need to talk about it and explore together.

24 Responses to “Nov 20 Emerald Christian Academy”

  1. Alex says:

    Pastor Carl
    I’m having a hard time coming up with ideas to help, but would it be possible to send things in the mail to you or someone else that would help with this. Because I could send old clothes, or some money or something.

  2. Ulrich says:

    Pastor Carl,
    I think that what your doing is a good cool idea riding bikes i would even maybe want to do that when i’m older because I like to ride to more tricks and stunts but i like just regular riding around to. i could also set up somthing that raises money like free rice except it could be like money that goes there it could be food to but i think just general supplies would be best I could start a website if i earned enough money because I like computers.

  3. Madeleine says:

    I enjoyed listening to what you talked to us about here at ECA, and I believe that it made many of us aware of what is happening in Africa. Maybe not fully, but through your talk at Emerald I believe that many of us have come to at least a faint realization about what is currently going on in millions of peoples lives. I want to, in someway, help with this effort, but I am not sure how. Thank you so much for the visit you paid to Emerald, and I hope that you will touch many more lives in the coming weeks. My prayers, and many others, are with you all!

  4. Fernando says:

    Pastor Carl, I think that genocide is a very terrible thing and should be stopped. I do hope that you may reach your goal in Washington D.C. and stop genocide. I think that you will get what you want since many schools will be supporting you, you have witnessed genocide so you know how bad it really is. I wish you good luck in your journey across the country and in stopping genocide.

  5. Fernando says:

    Pastor Carl, I think that genocide is a very terrible thing and should be stopped. I do hope that you may reach your goal in Washington D.C. and stop genocide. I think that you will get what you want since many schools will be supporting you, you have witnessed genocide so you know how bad it really is. I wish you good luck in your journey across the country and in stopping genocide. 8th grade.

  6. Alex says:

    Pastor Carl
    I’m having a hard time coming up with ideas to help, but would it be possible to send things in the mail to you or someone else that would help with this. Because I could send old clothes, or some money or something. Oh, I’m in 8th grade.

  7. Ryan says:

    Your talk sparked me to do something that I’ve actually been thinking about lately but really had no courage. I’ve wanted to also go on a bike trip to raise water and donations for poor people in Africa. Water bottles were what I’ve wanted raise. since I’ve played and seen what’s happened in Darfur, I know they need clean water and clothes.

    Your talk has also given me an actual look on what’s happening there, I’ve always known there has been a crisis, but not this bad. I’m so glad I live here where we have freedom. Looking on TV now, I just don’t see war, but actual people dying.

    Thank you Pastor Carl for a better perspective on what’s actual happening.
    Ryan: 7th grade

  8. Jenny says:

    Pastor Carl,
    I enjoyed you coming to our school because I really enjoy learning about this stuff and finding out what I can do to help. What would be some things to help? Another question. It is true that the Genocide is as bad as it sounds. Well if the people killing innocent lives because they don’t care or because they are being ordered to, then why do these people just destroy the refugees camps where the people they are trying to kill are hiding? I was told “they were not allowed.” But if they don’t care they could kill the government that way they could do what they wanted when they wanted correct?

    I am in the eighth grade.

  9. Amanda says:

    Thanks for coming to our school. I wanted to know what other people have done in the Genocide, like how you chose to stay and help Gisimba orphanage.

    I’m in seventh grade.

  10. Landon says:

    Your stories are awesome and interesting! I am still thinking of ways to help. I am in 7th. Good luck on your bike trip!

  11. Sirisha says:

    Each time I hear you speak and see your pictures, I wonder how that could even be possible! So I first want to say I appreciate what you’re doing, and wish you well.

    And for one of your aims, “One laptop per child”. How is that coming along? That’s a lot of children and great that you’re doing it. But why did you choose laptops instead of something else? For example: Needed stuff like food, and a well for water near their village instead of risking their lives, and medication?

    8th Grade
    Emerald Christian Academy

  12. Jake says:

    I like what you are doing so keep going. You are doing a good job.

    I’m in 8th grade.

  13. Sogi says:

    From your talk, I learned about the genocide: How a lot of people got killed and how at a hotel in Rwanda, the people there used the swimming pool for water, which I thought would be kinda hard to drink water with chlorine in it. After hearing your story, I felt thankful that I don’t have to live in a place where many people has to die. I believe that you are doing a great job, Pastor Carl.

    I am in 8th grade!

  14. dalton says:

    Your stories are very moving. I am wondering what are ways to help. I think it is really cool how you are doing this to help people. I am in 8th grade

  15. Becca says:

    Dear Pastor Carl

    I want to know what my friends and I can do to help you buy supporting your cause. I think it’s great all you do to help the people in Darfur. Youv’e helped my clas and I see that the more we tell others the more reaction there will be. I will try to help as much as possible because they were once living in homes like us. After all they are humans to! I think your friend and you were very brave to take a chance and plead with the Chanclor that the orphans might be spared.
    -Thanks for all you’re doing God bless you and your wife. I’ve told a couple of people about your website. I’ll keep you in my prayers. From a seventh grader.

  16. Rutger Farry says:

    Dear Pastor Carl,
    Thank you so much for coming over to our school and educating us about the situation in Darfur. We started watching a film called Ghosts of Rwanda after you left and saw a lot of the terrible effects of genocide. Our teacher has also talked a lot about what is going on over in Darfur and other sub- Saharan African countries.
    Now we are ready for something to do to help the people in Darfur. Our teacher told us we cant go on a mission trip, so I was wondering if you had any ideas on what we could do to help without going over there. Thanks,
    Rutger Farry, 9th Grade

  17. Forrest says:

    Dear Pastor Carl,
    Hey, thanks for coming to our school last Friday. I really liked your talk. It was informative, engaging, and most importantly, made me think. What made you decide to stay? While watching Ghosts of Rwanda, I was surprised when they said you saved more lives then the whole US Government. Do you think you saved more lives than the USA in its entirety? Our teacher brought to our attention the genocide going on in Darfur at this very moment, a genocide much like the Rwandan one. Is the government in Darfur much like the Rwandan one was? Who, if anyone, is helping out and saving people in Darfur? Lastly, after deciding as a class that we should do something to help, How do you think we could best help the Darfurian people in need of aid?

    Thanks for coming to our school!

    ~Forrest, 9th grade

  18. Ashey 9th grade says:

    While I was listening to your talk and I heard you talk about you were the only American left in Rwanda, I started to wounder what made you want to stay in Rwanda? Also you talked about how you are biking across the United States I want to know what you think your favorite experience is? When did you come up with the idea to start the bike ride? You where talking about whats happening in Darfur, what kinds of steps can I take to help with whats happening there right now? You talked about the kids in Rwanda the ones in the orphanage, what kind of impact did they make on you?
    Ashley Price– 9th grade

  19. Louis LaRiccia (9th Grade) says:

    Dear Pastor Wilkins,
    Thank you so much for coming to our school and sharing with us the history of what has happened in Rwanda. I would like to understand more about this and also how I can do something for the benefit of people like those in Rwanda. As a student, how can a make that happen? How do I start to begin to offer my time for places like Darfur? What kind of work can I offer? I would also like to know more about your trip and what you did there. Again thank you so much for your informational presentation. I really appreciate what you are doing with the Pedaling 2 Peace program. Good luck on your journey and I look forward to hearing from you.
    Louis LaRiccia – 9th grade

  20. Morgan says:

    Dear Pastor Carl-
    I am Morgan Housel from Emerald Christian Academy and I am in the 9th grade. I would like to say that I enjoyed your visit to our school very much! I was very touched by all the stories and pictures that you had, to share with us. Thank you so much for sharing the stories and experience that you had with us. It makes you really think about what you have and how you should be thankful for it. After your presentation I still had some questions of my own. Did you guys stay in only one house when you were in Rwanda? And did you guys invite other people in? Where did you get resources such as gas for your car and water and food for yourself? Where did you get food and water for the refuges? How did you feel when you had to leave your family? How did you know that staying was the way you wanted to do things? Where you scared for your own life and how did you remain with your faith in God while watching all of this happen? Some ideas that I have had are…..We could explain to other kids at our school and in our community what genocide is and some ways that we could stop it. I know that almost every year our school tries to do something out of the ADRA catalogue. We could give some handouts to local grocery stores around in our community. Thank you so much once again for coming to our school. I hope that you and your wife can change other student’s minds and make them think like you have with ours. 🙂

  21. Esther (9th grade) says:

    Dear Pastor Carl,

    Thank you for taking the time to come down here to teach us about Darfur. It was nice to hear your story. It enlightened me and made me interested on what has happened over there.
    You have told us to make a difference by standing up for what we believe is right and that is what I will try to do from now on no matter how small or insignificant I may think it may be.

  22. Nate says:

    Dear Pastor Carl,
    My name is Nate and I am a freshman in high school here at Emerald Christian Academy. I have been wondering a few things about the Rwanda genocide, so I here are a few questions.
    Other than ADRA, were there any other Christian organizations in Rwanda?
    During the genocide was the civilian currency worth anything?
    About how many people were left in Rwanda after the genocide?
    Were there any other churches in Rwanda besides the Catholic Church?
    Was there a place that the people could go in Rwanda that was a completely safe place where they could not be harmed or was there no such place?

  23. Bradley says:

    Hello Pastor Carl,
    Just writing to tell you that your talk was great and I really enjoyed you being here but I did have a couple questions to ask you, like what can we do to help prevent a genocide from happening? And what can we do to help stop the genocide in Darfur? When our class was watching Ghosts of Rwanda it got me thinking about how bad a genocide really is and I started asking myself what I could do to help. So if you could just help me out by giving me a few ideas I would be very grateful.
    Thank You

    Bradley—10th grader

  24. Tommy 9th grade says:

    Hey sorry I’m a little bit late. But I have been reading other peoples comments and I watched 3 Points with Tracy McGrady and viewed his website. Sending text books and supplies over is nice and and is a good thing but, how is that actually going to help stop the Genocide? School books is going to give them an education and supplies is going to keep them alive but what is going to stop the slaughter? When the militia comes to get you your not going to whack ten guys with a math book or throw your rice at them and actually stop them, your just going to get them mad and they will really want your head. So i am wondering what we can do to actually stop the killing, 1800GENOCIDE is good but the U.S. doesn’t have any business relations with that country so we (us government) wont really help them out like we need to. The only way to get our government to react is to get the majority of US citizens to push for help but 90% (exaggerated probably) of the nation doesn’t even know what’s going on or even knows about it,I didn’t even know about it until I watched Hotel Rwanda, a week before you came to our school. What are ways I can help end the actual part of the Genocide? I have already posted links all over facebook and myspace. I have talked to my parents about it, Talked to an owner of some big organizations about it.What is needed to stop the physical taking of lives in Darfur and actually every where there is a situation like this?

    Thanks for the stories and pictures and information,

    Tommy, Emerald Christian Academy 9th Grader

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