MCS Newsletter #14 Nov 21-27, 2013
So much colorful learning takes place here!
The 8th Grade made graphs in their Math class recently. After gathering responses to their survey questions, they used the information to make circle graphs. Another fun type of activity involved depicting the input and output of equations as a machine. Then the other students had to determine what the equation was.
At our Chapel, James and David shared about the work they did in Albania for six weeks last summer. They lead football camps and participated in English camps. Through the football outreach, they saw God work and 10 kids came to the youth group and are still coming! The English Camp had 30 kids who wanted to learn English. There were also opportunities to tell them about Jesus. They visited a Roma camp where the church has an outreach and feeding program. Practical things like painting chairs and sorting boxes of supplies were some other jobs they had. They also taught guitar, gave a testimony at youth group, attended a baptism in the sea, hiked to a lake, visited historic sites and enjoyed the food!
We learned that Tirana, the capital of Albania, has no McDonalds! Shaking the head means yes and nodding the head means no! And the main religions of the country are Islam 70%, Catholic 10% and Orthodox 20%.
Prayer for the country is needed: for the churches to grow in strength and reach out more; and for the camps and outreach projects.
The German classes recently completed a project celebrating St. Marten’s Day. This German tradition is in honor of a man’s generosity when he gave his coat to a poor man. In German villages, school children still go through the streets with these lanterns, sing songs, and might even get some sweets!
The Finance and Executive Board meetings took place this week. These groups are made up of a mixture of parents and other group representatives. They discuss policies, staffing and other aspects of operating the school.
Weekend activities included games and movies for the JH, a movie marathon for the SH and games with Johannes for the Elementary.
For church Sunday, Eddy Lanz was our speaker. He spoke about our wonderful Savior who died on the cross for us.
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for the amount of learning these students can absorb every day; from classes, devotions, and activities – they’re all great opportunities!
Praise for the people who serve on our boards and help guide the school.
Pray for the upcoming soccer/badminton tournament.
Pray for the upcoming Christmas celebrations as we make room for Him in our hearts.
Pray for many people who suffer hardship because of the unrest around the country.
MCS Newsletter #13 Nov 7-20, 2013
We saw our first snowflakes recently, but they didn’t last long! Now the temperatures aren’t too cold and the sun is usually out.
The Grade 9 led Chapel recently and talked about the armor of God using helmets, swords, shields, etc. that they had made to help us visualize it. They first explained how the Romans used armor then gave the spiritual application from Ephesians.
The Elementary students did an art project to illustrate a famous musical composition, “The Moldau” which musically depicts the river as it travels through the forest, meadows, villages and farm land of Bohemia (the Czech Republic). Their individual paintings were put together to form a very large mural. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Weekend activities recently included a treasure hunt for the Elementary, a sauna day for the Senior High, and a photo competition for the Senior and Junior Highs. The photos below show the creativity needed to portray the topics given to each group to photograph. A kitchen utensil, Balaam and his donkey, Moses and the burning bush, and David killing Goliath were just a few of their results.
In church on the 10th, the brass group, Seth Noah, Benjamin, DongHyuk, Joel, Dr. Scott and Mrs. Lim accompanied our songs. Dr. Scott helped us look back at the tradition of All Saint's Day and forward to the gathering of saints in heaven. The Elementary performed a special number: “I Sing a Song of the Saints.” We were encouraged to read about some of the famous Christian workers and martyrs.
Louie Giglio concluded his series in Colossians by saying that we should activate our faith. Step out in faith and live, conquer sin and overcome fear, by His power!
Most usual classes were suspended for 2 days during the recent national holiday so that everyone would stay off the roads. Students were given plenty of work to do for Thursday and Friday during study halls.
For Sunday, the 17th, Louie Giglio’s theme was “Life Interrupted.” We should expect and embrace interruptions because God wants to use them to work in and through us.
One interruption this week was the postponing of the Middle School Soccer/Badminton tournament because of travel concerns. They will try to reschedule soon.
Recently, Greg Livingstone, a church planter and author visited. (We have his book in our library!)
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for God’s protection against the unknown, comfort in disappointment, healing of sickness, and the beauty of His creation in nature and people!
Pray that new staff for next year will be sending in applications soon!
Pray for visas to be granted for several who are still waiting!
Pray for peace in the country, faithfulness and endurance for workers, and comfort and strength for the persecuted.
MCS Newsletter #12 Oct 31-Nov 6, 2013
What do students do at the end of their day when their classes are over?
A variety of things!
I’ve seen students relaxing with a cup of chai and visiting with other students and staff …
Some get together informally to play guitar, practice the drums, piano, etc…
The Elementary play a lot of games…
Some like to run to get some exercise…
Sometimes the shop is open and burgers are on sale…
The Gardening Club work hard to take care of the flower beds and they recently planted bulbs that we will see in the Spring….
Sometimes the CDT club work on their wood projects…
Sports practices are scheduled for after school – currently it’s soccer and badminton…
The worship teams also practice their songs for church services…
And there’s always some playing football!
For Chapel on Friday, the participants in Track and Field, Swim and Boys’ Volleyball were recognized and given the medals they had earned in the competitions recently. Sarah, Benjamin, JuYoung, Jonathan, and the relay team of Sarah, Hannah, JuYoung and JuHee all set MCS records in swimming. The MCS records broken in Track and Field were: Emanuel - 3000 M, Hannah - 100 M and Priscilla - shotput.
We recognized the Boys’ Volleyball team for their sportsmanship and positive example. One way they demonstrated this was by singing the chorus of the MCS hymn before their games. Uncle Hans reminded us that God has given gifts to each one of us, whether it is abilities in sports or some other area. Congratulations and thanks again to all who participated!
We listened to Greg Stier by video in church Sunday, who told of the change that Jesus made in his family and how he is a pastor today. He challenged us to do whatever it takes to get our friends to Jesus: it’s worth the trouble, the risk, and the cost!
On the weekend, the Junior High played games at Sandes. I saw some that were sneaking around, trying to camouflage themselves using branches!
The Senior High prepared a progressive dinner for themselves. First they were divided into groups to prepare the appetizer, main course and dessert. Some set up the Rupe lounge with lamps and candles to set a special mood. They proudly served their special foods and enjoyed a relaxed time of visiting.
Gudi, a former MCS teacher, was visiting from Germany along with her husband, Leo and 2 children, Arian and Anila. They really enjoyed their visit and we were glad to have them here!
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for our campuses and the activities that we have.
Praise for such great kids and staff!
Praise for our heaters as the temperatures are dropping quickly!
Pray for our continued safety, for peace in us and in this country.
MCS Newsletter #11 Oct 24-30, 2013
One way students learn important skills and facts is by making posters.
The Grade 7 Technical drawing class drew a picture for each letter of the alphabet.
The Grade 8 Home Ec class studied about vitamins and made posters explaining the function of each.
The Grade 8 Science class made posters depicting the stages of the development of a baby.
Then the older students had a chance to see their textbooks come alive on their recent AP Bio class trip to Bach Christian Hospital. They observed burn care, foot casts, small surgeries and the girls saw a birth! The boys enjoyed doing an ultrasound on each other! Thanks so much to the hospital staff for hosting them so well and to Dr. Scott and Dr. Janet for organizing the trip!
Joel, DoHoon, Karuna, Naemi, Hanna
For our Chapel, we made an imaginary trip to Camp Mubarak through pictures and a talk by Mr. Simon and Apphia. The camp began over 50 years ago. Apphia attended camps there as a young person and now is the director. This year there were 48 camps, 2200 attendees, and 100 decisions for Christ. There are camps for youth, pastors, Bible courses, prayer, and training. Recently they completed the remodeling of the kitchen and bathrooms, added a rain collection system, and dug a well. No more water shortages! Future projects include central heating, kitchen equipment, replacing old retaining walls and adding several rooms for the elderly or others who come with special needs. They have seen many miracles as God has provided for the camp year after year. Our students and staff have been able to help on some projects and we all enjoy our visits there.
On Sunday, Louie Giglio continued his messages on Colossians. We should let God shape us like a lump of clay and live in the truth of the value that God says we have.
Recently the Senior class was invited to sell some of their calendars through a friend who has been very helpful in their project.
Staff enjoy going to their conferences. Recently a special occasion was celebrated –
the engagement of Nora and Hubert!
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for Camp Mubarak and how it is a blessing to so many. Pray for safety, provision and continued spiritual fruit.
Praise for Bach Christian Hospital and its service in the name of our Lord.
Pray for the grade 12 students as they consider life after MCS and as they apply to universities.
Pray for Nora and Hubert as they make plans for their future.
Pray for stability and peace in this country and for safety in travel.
MCS Newsletter #10 Oct 17-23, 2013
This year’s theme for Carnival was Time Machine!
The Grade 11students and parents have been planning for months and then worked late the night before to create a feeling of traveling back through space and time. We were met by aliens; a huge plant that made oxygen to support life on the moon; and other space travelers who served us food.
We were treated to manicures, mehndi and haircuts in the various sectors of the universe.
There were the usual popular activities like “Love Cuffs,” the jail, the silent auction, bowling, and the sweepstakes drawing.
There were also some new areas like video games and karaoke.
We adjourned to the dining room where Auntie Stephanie raised lots of money with her enthusiastic style of auctioning delicious-looking pies!
After a short break for supper, we were transported to another time – France in 1789! There were plenty of swords and fighting as we acted out breaking through a barricade and climbed ropes to storm the Bastille in the French revolution.
We could try our skill at archery, the trebuchet and jousting on horseback! Some unlucky losers lost their heads in the guillotine!
Noah, Havilah, EunJohng, Tori, Helen, Grace, Song, Stephen and their advisors, Mr. and Mrs. Healey, spent a lot of time creating the sets and props like swords, the trebuchet and jousting horses.
A great time was had by all – Thank you Class of 2015!
The class would like to thank Miss Lynn for the inspiration for the theme; everyone who helped in the planning, set up and clean up; those who donated food; Mr. and Mrs. Healey for all of their effort, food preparation and work in CDT; and Johannes for being available and willing to help with whatever was needed!
In other news:
Workers are building a cover for the steps that lead up from the church building toward the dining room. This will protect us from the snow, icy steps, rain and monkeys!
We enjoyed a Music Chapel on Friday which highlighted songs from the old American slavery traditions which spoke of the desire for both physical and spiritual freedom.
On Sunday we watched another Louie Giglio video message from Colossians. He did a wonderful job of picturing for us the great news that we are in Christ, He is in us and we are in God, illustrated by putting plastic containers inside each other. With our new identity and position we don't have to feel alone or powerless!
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for a great Carnival, many guests, nice weather, and people being able to work together to create such a fun time!
Praise for our maintenance team who does so many things for us without complaint – from changing light bulbs; to building the shelter over the walkway; to fixing our transformer!
Continue to pray for the many that were affected by the Peshawar attack. Some have just recently passed away from their wounds. Pray for God’s comfort.
MCS Newsletter #9 Oct 3-16, 2013
On the last day before our break, we had some of the new staff share in our chapel time. Tanya spoke of being raised in an MK boarding school in Ivory Coast, Africa. Her awareness of God’s unconditional love has been a valuable lesson she has learned since then.
Johannes grew up in the church and he shared how he has grown from a faith based on understanding to a stronger one felt with the heart.
Stephan spoke of the long wait he had for his visa. But looking back, he has seen this as a good thing because it gave him time to spend with his grandfather who was ill.
A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Simon and his family visited with many hospital patients that were injured in the recent church attack in Peshawar. They offered support, prayers and medicines to treat burns. Please pray that there will also be healing for spiritual and emotional wounds. Many who were killed were leaders of churches and other organizations. Some entire families were killed. In some, only one child was left. Our desire is to help the injured grow in their faith and to get physical therapy and emotional and spiritual counseling to deal with loss of limbs and families.
At the beginning of each year we have an MCS staff social. This year we were treated to a very nice dinner at the nearby Pearl Continental Hotel. We enjoyed a relaxing evening of visiting and good food.
Over the October break, nine boys and Uncle Hans travelled to Sri Lanka for the SAISA volleyball tournament. The players were: Benjamin, Jonathan, Jair, Rohit, Sameer, EunJohng, Stephen, David and Joel. Many people around the world were able to watch some of the games via the internet.
They played 9 games altogether. Our team won 3 games and placed 7th out of 10 teams. The top 3 teams were TAISM from Oman, first; Dhaka from Bangladesh was second; KAS from Karachi was third.
Our team very often got complements for having a great spirit while playing the games, as well as when they were spectators. The hosting parents spoke very positively about the students’ manners and behaviour. This type of setting really shows the integrity and spiritual maturity of MCS students!
The school of Colombo did a very good job of hosting. It was good to socialise with other teams and get to know the coaches.
The boys were even able to spend some time on the beach!
All in all, it was a great experience for all involved.
Great job guys – we’re proud of you! And thank you Hans!
Praise and Prayer Requests:
Praise for a good break from school and that all returned safely and on time.
Praise that our volleyball team was a good representation of MCS and Jesus in Sri Lanka!
Praise for our great staff who have such a deep faith and are so dedicated.
Continue to pray for those who have been devastated by the recent attacks in Peshawar and that the church will practice forgiveness and show un
MCS Newletter #8 Sept 26-Oct 3, 2013
MCS had very successful Track and Swim meets! The heat made the events more challenging, but we managed to win first overall in Track and Field and 2nd in the Swim events!
Here are some of the Track and Field stats:
10 years in a row, MCS is the overall winner at T&F!
Total Individual entries: 132 Total Relay entries: 20
Individual medals: Gold 42, Silver 26, and Bronze 20
Relay medals: Gold 32, Silver 4 and Bronze 4
3 MCS records were broken during T&F!
Here are some swimming stats:
Total Individual entries: 44
Total Relay entries: 8
Individual medals: Gold 8, Silver 8, and Bronze 9
Relay medals: Gold 8, Silver 8
7 MCS records were broken during the Swim event!
I hope to have more details in the next newsletter.
Thanks to Hans for organizing all the details and coaching. And thanks to our other coaches: Ulrike, Stephanie, Matthew; and to Manu, Josef and JuHee
for helping at the meets!
There were also some Volleyball tournaments just for fun and practice. Some of our senior boys will be going to Sri Lanka over the break for the SAISA Volleyball tournament.
The Elementary students have been making some very useful projects in CDT. One is a clock with movable hands to teach younger children how to tell time, and another is a rabbit puzzle. Fun and educational!
Mr. Simon and his family visited the injured in Peshawar on Sunday and took gifts of medicines and cash from MCS. We are thankful that they can represent us and convey our sympathies. More information will be in the next newsletter.
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for great Track and Swim meets!
Praise for our dedicated MCS Board who met this week.
Continue to pray for the families of those who have lost loved ones and those who are injured from attacks and earthquakes. The recent attack has deeply affected the Christian community around the country.
MCS Newletter #7 Sept 19-25, 2013
Walking around the campus on this sunny day I could tell what some people were doing just by what I smelled! I smelled paint being used by the maintenance workers in a staff house; I smelled the wonderful pizzas that the Grade 8 Home Ec class were baking;
And the smell of fish came from our kitchen as the Korean parents prepared a “Korean Culture Feast” for our lunch! We enjoyed prawns, cucumber kimchi, Muk, Jabchae and Tteok, with Yaksik for dessert. (ask a Korean!) The Elementary students decorated the dining room with colorful drawings of Korean culture. We would like to thank the Korean Society of Pakistan for the funds that provided this delicious traditional food and all the parents who worked so hard!
Did you know that last Thursday was “International Talk Like a Pirate Day”? Well, it’s true! Mr. Miller, Miss Warwick and Miss Piper managed to talk like a pirate and look like one too! Arrgh, Matey!
In our chapel time we divided up into various language groups to pray for the ministries that the parents of our students are involved in around the country.
Mr. Miller spoke on Sunday about the marathon of faith. God stretches us and helps us in our training to make us stronger. We shouldn’t give up in spite of hardships, but keep our eye on the goal to hear “well done” at the end.
We had a Café night on the weekend, where the students put together a great line-up of acts to entertain parents, staff and students! The band opened with 2 numbers and an octet, a men’s quartet and a girls’ quartet all sang songs. We heard lots of very nice piano music and also enjoyed lively numbers by the brass group and the string ensemble. The Pakistani music class sang and played their instruments. The Smash Moonkeys are always a hit. The Grade 8 Drama class performed a scene from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. They had worked hard to memorize all their lines! Several girls danced to a fun song and another group closed the show with a Bollywood dance. We even had them do an encore! Noah and David did a great job as MC’s, including telling jokes! It’s great to see the artistic talent here in our students! Thanks everyone!
Leading up to the Track and Field and Swim meets this week we have had ‘Spirit days’. Each day we could dress up as something that starts with the letters ‘M C S’. Monday we saw a mouse, a Maths Dunce, a magician and McDonalds! Ricky and Havi won for the day.
Tuesday we saw a camel, caterpillars, cats, a cupcake, a climber, cool people and a cowboy! David’s Charlie Chaplin and Mr. Healey’s calculator won.
Wednesday we saw scientists, the sea, Sleeping Beauty, Sponge Bob, a 60’s person, a Starbucks coffee, and a stinging bee. Jodie’s snow leopard and Miss Warwick’s spider won for our final day.
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for the arrival of new staff, Emma and Tanya, and the return of Harry. We are very glad they are here!
Pray for the hundreds of people directly affected by the tragedy in Peshawar. Also pray for the believers in this country as they feel very vulnerable. Pray that the leaders will respond in helpful ways to improve the situation.
Pray for the devastation and loss of lives because of the recent earthquake.
MCS Newletter #6 September 12-18, 2013
There’s something new at MCS! We were able to purchase new desks and chairs for some of the classrooms. Here, Grade 9 demonstrates one of the ways they can be arranged for better class discussion. The new chairs will give better back support.
The Track and Field and Swim teams have been putting a lot of effort into practicing for their upcoming meets at ISOI. Saturday was spent practicing in Islamabad and getting used to running in the heat!
The Elementary also had a day in Islamabad. They told me about the exciting play things at Jinnah Park, eating at McDonald’s and shopping!
The Grade 7 took charge of the chapel this week. The book of Daniel records the exciting story of the vision of King Belshazzar. Their skit acted out the scene in the banquet hall where the King sees the handwriting on the wall! Daniel interprets the message that his kingdom will end. We should also heed God’s warnings to us.
Emanuel, Ricky, Sarah, Simran, Juhwan
Then we welcomed Jonathan Binder, a former student who was here for a brief visit. He encouraged us with his story of his years here, starting when he was 4 years old! He graduated in 2012. His best memories are the monkeys, the classes and the friends in boarding. He has completed a German orientation for one year which included Bible school, discipleship training and three practical mission trips in Germany and Romania. He will work or attend university for medicine. His advice to students is to enjoy school and have a good attitude, even when things are difficult. That’s something we can all work on! He is thankful for the blessing of growing up at MCS.
Mr. Detsch spoke on Revelation 2 in church. The Ephesians had let their love grow cold. We should ask ourselves, “Is Jesus still #1 in my life?” We should heed the warning and renew our relationship with Jesus now!
The McKelvies sent this update: The climax of the summer was 2 very beautiful weddings in August. Rebecca married Nathanael in Brantford, Ontario on August 3rd followed by Mark's wedding to Lindsey in Truro, Nova Scotia on August 10th. Needless to say it was a very busy but wonderful time together with family.
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for God’s faithfulness to MCS for over 57 years!
Pray for past students and staff as they continue their education or look for jobs.
MCS Newletter #5 September 5-11, 2013
Our costume cupboards get a lot of use at MCS! Besides the major events like the Drama, Carnival and Spirit Weeks, there are times when individual classes use outfits to dress up in. The Grade 8 class used some costumes in last week’s chapel, and now they are rehearsing a scene from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for café night. The Senior High Drama Production class is helping them with the props and costumes. Grade 10 English recently reenacted the banquet scene from Macbeth, complete with Banquo’s ghost. Their feast consisted of popcorn, Oreos and grape juice! The Grade 7 class has been seen practicing something from the Daniel story for their chapel this week. The History classes use costumes often to re-enact particular eras of study. We appreciate those who have donated hats, shoes, beards, suits, fancy dresses and kingly robes to build up our supplies. Then it’s up to the students’ creativity to do the rest!
The creativity of our students and their teachers is also seen in other ways:
The Grade 10 History class drew some visual representations of parts of the French national anthem.
A Science class made cell models out of paper, clay and string showing the nucleus, mitochondria and ribosome!
The students in another class acted out how the behavior of molecules varies with temperature.
In CDT, the older grades are building shelves that will be very useful for books, CDs, etc. Here, Song, Micha, Shawn and Rohit are hard at work.
Their next project will be a wooden lamp to match the shelf. Mr. Healey shows what
their projects will look like when they are finished.
The Track and Field and swim participants are training and practicing diligently, running up and down stairs (of which we have a lot here!) and trying the high jump, etc.
We had a guest this weekend: Felix Henrichs, who was a student at MCS from ‘92-’96. In Chapel he described how his years at MCS helped to prepare him for his current work as a port chaplain in Holland. He visits 2-4 ships each day out of the 100 coming into the port from all over the world. God brings believers and seekers to him, where he can encourage and disciple them. He hands out tracts, videos and scriptures. Please pray for a man he met from Syria; a Philippino, Eliseo; Ruel; Mark, Richard, Ashish and others. Pray for more workers to join him. In Church, he spoke about living our faith in a real way.
The weather for the Junior High campout was a bit more monsoon-like, with lots of fog, but they were still able to make the hike up Mukshupuri.
The Senior High had warm weather for their swim day along with shopping and eating in Islamabad.
Our 3 GAP students from Germany arrived recently. They were immediately put to work with campout, boarding, study hall supervision and the teaching of German classes! Jacqueline, Stephan and Johannes all have great attitudes and are good workers!
Please remember these recent graduates: Grace in South Africa with YWAM;
Lizzy going soon to Germany for Bible college; Jamie – Queens in Ireland;
Jared – Messiah College, USA; Peter – Calvin College, USA.
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for good campouts!
Pray that students will make the most of their years at MCS to prepare them for the futures that God has for them!
MCS Newletter #4 August 29-September 4, 2013
Every Elementary student’s attention was captured as their temporary Science teacher, Rahel, showed them an animal heart last week! She dissected it to show them the various parts, and then each student had the chance to hold it themselves!
In Chapel, we honored Mr. John Samuel, who is retiring as an MCS cook after 40 years! Mr. Simon welcomed him to Chapel and thanked him for his years here. We have appreciated his faithful service and his ready smile!
Joel, as student President, expresses appreciation from the students for all his good cooking.
Then the 8th Grade led the Chapel with a skit about how a person might feel toward someone who gave his life to save his own. This, of course, represented what Jesus did for us.
Aman played the person who was changed, JoonHee was the person who sacrificed himself, Rohan played the truck driver, Matthias was a policeman, Sieun and JuYoung were some innocent bystanders, Priscilla was the narrator, and DongHyuk was our Director. He also drew a very beautiful picture of a Pakistani truck for the skit and JuYoung filled in the bright colors. They all did a very good job!
Then, former student, Rahel Lanz gave an account of her time in Spain recently, where she was able to witness about the Lord. She challenged us all to pray more and to talk about what He is doing in our lives as an encouragement to each other.
The Senior High went on their campout over the weekend. There was a little rain at night but they had a nice day for the traditional hike up Mukshupuri.
They also had times of singing and devotions.
The Junior High went swimming at ISOI. Lunch and Tutti Fruitti frozen yogurt is always a favorite!
Dr. Scott spoke for our Church service, reminding us to not love the world, and how anything has the potential to draw us away from God.
The Seniors have completed the painting of their lounge! It is very bright and creative!
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for a good SH campout and JH swim day
Praise for our faithful National Staff
Please pray for the leaders in this country to make good decisions
MCS Newletter #3 August 22-28, 2013
Each school day, the students have a Homeroom time, where they gather for a few minutes for announcements, prayer, devotions and other activities. These times help build their class unity and help them learn how to work together. We appreciate these staff members who are class advisors: Miss Eggemann, Miss Piper, Ms Kosek,Mr. Miller,Miss Warwick, the Healeys and the Armisteads.
Our Chapel on Friday started out with a public service announcement presented by the theater class. “Curtain Man” (Joel) saved the stage curtains from those who were mistreating them! This was a fun way of reminding all of us to be careful around the expensive curtains and to take care of school property.
Other announcements highlighted groups that are starting up for the year: Tech team, Gardening Club, CDT Club, Track and Field, Swim and Volleyball teams. The choral group and band also meet each week.
Mr. Detsch and a guest, Imran, explained the work that OM has been doing around the country since1979. The work is carried out mostly by Nationals. There is Bible training, youth work, computer and literacy classes and other community development projects. Some of our offering went to help with relief after the Joseph Colony disaster. We are thankful for the work the parents are involved in to help the people of this country.
On the weekend, the Junior High went into Murree for breakfast and a walk around Pindi Point.
Uncle Hans supervised the setting up of a giant swing in the tall trees behind the hostel for a fun ride for anyone who dared!
Rohail, Rohit, Stephen, Joel, Noah, Jair and Jonathan helped set up by climbing up the trees and securing all the ropes.
One word that described the experience was, “Terrifying!” Another word was, “suspenseful” as the rider was being pulled up to the starting position and had the control over when they would be let go to start swinging!
Then the Senior High played games over at Sandes in the dark. They really enjoyed scaring each other in the old, spooky hostel and in the forest!
On Sunday, we concluded the three part series on prayer by Louie Giglio via DVD. We learned that if we really want to glorify God, then we won’t be so concerned about praying for our comfort; because it’s the difficulties that often bring God the most glory
Here is a sneak peek at how the senior lounge painting is going!
John Barker writes to say: I am currently preparing for my final year in Queens University, Belfast! I am working as the internationals rep. for the Christian Union this year. I am looking forward to the coming year, and the challenges that are ahead, reaching out to international students on the campus! There are so many exciting opportunities!
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for our good facilities here and our beautiful, safe campuses.
Praise for our safety with all the ‘crazy’ things we do!
Pray for unity among the students as they work and live together.
Pray for OM and other work that parents are involved in here.
Pray for calm in this country. Pray for protection of Tank Hospital.
Pray for continued efforts for flood relief.
MCS Newletter #2 August 15-21, 2013
There are many regular activities that go on here that may not be seen or sound exciting, but show the effort that goes into caring for these children and this school. Things like weekly devotions in boarding, monthly dental trips, inoculations given, many maintenance tasks completed, regular lockdown drills, financial matters covered, and many hours outside of classes spent preparing and marking lessons. The staff here are very caring and they show it in the quality of their work!
Over the weekend, students played games inside because of the rain. But this week, we’ve had 4 dry days, which we really appreciate!
Dr. Janet’s Grade 8 Home Ec class is alread enjoying the delicious creations they are baking!
Also on the weekend, the Senior High held a cooking competition with 5 groups making dishes from the ingredients they were given. The judges looked at creativity, presentation and, of course, taste. The group of Stephen, Ha Rey, Colleen, Jair, Helen and James came in first.
In Church we continued our video series on prayer with Louie Giglio. In Chapel, Dr. Janet told us many interesting things about Tank Christian Hospital, where she helped recently. The hospital was begun in 1868! Through staff devotions, church services and personal testimonies, the love and power of Jesus to heal is demonstrated daily. The Ulla Schmitz memorial school was started in 2009, after this faithful doctor of many years there, died suddenly. MCS sent a money gift to help support this school for the national staff children. We saw a video of a concert the children gave. Please pray about the need of more doctors and nurses so this important ministry in this remote area can continue!
Thanks to Mrs. Detsch who has also been taking on staff duties to cover for those who have not arrived yet.
Over the summer, Wesley Carpenter (’06) and Esther Stock (07) were married in , and Elisha Stock (’08) married Crystal Drogorub in California.
Hannah Condie has finished her prerequisites for dental hygiene. She will do a dental assisting course this year and then hopes to get into a dental hygiene course next year.
Micha Lanz (’12) will join Duncan and Daniel Lannon at Queen’s University along with last year’s graduate Jamie Lannon. Jared Armistead will start at Messiah College soon. Lizzy Wiley will travel to Germany next month to start at Bible college. Peter Jung is on his way to Calvin College. And Grace Schumacher is doing a YWAM training course in South Africa.
Ewan and Valerie Crouch sent their greetings and reported that Valerie had a successful hip operation. Ben and Esther Olson ask for prayer for Ben to get a visa soon to be able to live and work with Esther in England. Phil and Jeannie Richardson announce that they are expecting a baby in December!
MCS Newsletter#1 August 5-14, 2013
Another school year has begun! It is good to see the returning students and how they have grown! And it’s good to have 9 new students, too!
We have 8 students in Elementary, 22 in grades 7-9, and 28 in grades 10-12, for a total of 58 students this term (including 1 new student still to arrive). We have 20 staff members here now, and are waiting for eight more to arrive. (Six are waiting on visas!)
We had an assembly on the first day of school to welcome new staff and students. We are thankful that Mr. Lannon is still our Director (although he will arrive late) and Miss Warwick is still the High School Principal along with teaching. Mr. Detsch is now the Finance Manager along with IT duties. New this year is Mrs. Lee who is doing Elementary Boarding. Aunty Stephanie is taking care of the Junior High boys until Aaron arrives, and Hans and Ulrike Brandt are caring for Senior High boys. Naomi Kosek is the Senior High girls’ house parent. Other parents and alumni have stepped in to cover other boarding and teaching needs: Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Becht, Mr. Newmarch and Rahel Lanz… Thank you!
Mr. Albert and our National Staff worked very hard over the break on many jobs. Cement and drainage were improved, along with painting and upkeep of houses.
Here are this year’s members of the Student Council: Joel – President, Naemi - Vice President Gr 12; Grace Gr 11; Jair Gr 10; MinHa Gr 9; DongHyuk Gr 8; Ricky Gr 7. This group represents the student body and meets to discuss ideas and recommendations about school and boarding life. They also help organize spiritual emphasis weekends and the National Staff dinner.
The Activities Committee also meets weekly to plan weekend activities and campouts. The following students represent the student body: YeaRim, Rohit, Noah, Tori, James and Karuna for Senior High; Juhwan, Simran, JuYoung, Rohan, Benjamin and Hannah represent Junior High.
For Chapel on Friday, Mr. Simon reminded us of the importance of our lockdown drills and procedures. Then he shared about the country of Pakistan and its needs that we can be praying for. Pakistan celebrated Independence Day on the 14th.
Youth Group is on Friday evenings and is a time for students to lead and challenge others with discussions and worship.
There were games in the gym for all on Saturday night to welcome everyone back and have a time for fun and silliness.
The new Seniors have been hard at work painting their lounge. It’s always sad to see the previous designs go, but exciting to see new colors and designs transform the room yet again! I’ll have pictures soon!
In our Sunday services, we enjoy having many students and staff playing instruments and leading our worship time. We watched a video by Louie Giglio about prayer.
Several students will also serve on the ‘Tech Team’ which takes care of the sound and power points for services.
We always welcome speakers from the community to give sermons at our church services or share at a Friday Chapel. If you or someone you know could help us in this way, we would be very grateful! Just contact me.
We’d love to hear from former staff and students. So send me any news or greetings that I can pass on in these newsletters!
MCS Newsletter #31
May 23-30, 2013
It is very quiet here with the students and most of the staff gone for the break now! We can praise God for another school year completed and for all of His provision for us! Here are a few of the highlights from our last week.
It was announced that Joel was voted to be the Student Body President for next year and Naemi will be the Vice-President.
The Senior gift to the school was two beautiful, much needed, guitars! Thank you!
In Chapel, all the students and staff that are leaving were honored and they shared where they will be going next and gave us their prayer requests. Besides the 5 graduates, these students will not be returning: Calvin, HaeRim, HaeYoung, Wesley, Daniel H, Caleb, Jennifer and Heather. The staff that are leaving are: Colin and Heather Barnes, David and Barb Howe, Katie Chaddock, Amy Lynn, Catherine Wood, and Benedikt, Elisabeth and Jonathan, the GAP students. We will miss all of these very much but will keep them in our prayers!
Elementary had a swim day at ISOI. It was a hot day so they were in the refreshing water almost the whole time!
The Senior High Banquet is always one of the highlights of the year for them. The Grade 11 students and advisors had put in many hours of planning. Breakfast, then playing games at the zoo in Islamabad and swimming at the Australian embassy preceded getting all dressed up for the evening. An excellent dinner at the ‘1969' restaurant and a fun program honoring the seniors was a very enjoyable end to the day.
On Sunday, Uncle Colin gave a very inspirational message to us all about obedience and faith and living in this unique place. I have emailed this to the parents, but if anyone else would like a copy, please let me know. Miss Lynn said a special prayer for the graduates.
Monday, the students performed the drama again - A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Tuesday was the Awards ceremony. After a number from our band, students from each grade were honored who had earned an award for outstanding achievement or improvement academically, or for their involvement in music, drama or sports. The Citizenship awards went to Jennifer, Benjamin L, Rohit, Benjamin Proctor, Naemi and Peter. Lizzy Wiley was recognized as Salutatorian and Jared Armistead as Valedictorian.
The Baptism, which was on Wednesday, is always a highlight! After a message from Rev. Kim, six students gave their moving testimonies and were baptized. We are so delighted to see these young people maturing in their understanding and relationship with the Lord!
Jodie, Jonas, JuHee, Jonathan, Seth and Aman
Then came the final day of celebration and the Graduation ceremony! Elizabeth gave the Salutatorian address and Jared gave the Valedictorian address. Mr. Lannon and Mrs. Lanz also spoke. The banners and balloons gave a festive look to the gym.
Grace Schumacher, Elizabeth Wiley, Peter Jung, Jared Armistead, Jamie Lannon
The celebration continued in a line of congratulations under a shamiana and also in the decorated dining room around tables of delicious food, (thanks to the Grade 11 parents!).
There were about 190 guests, students and parents who attended. We were glad to see former students, Hannah Condie (Class of ‘10), and Michelle McNeil, Joshua Wiley, and Rebecca Carpenter (Class of '11)
Thank you for your faithful prayers over the year! We praise God for His protection, His provision and His faithfulness.
We pray that the year 2012-2013 at MCS holds many good memories and that all will have safe travels and a good break!
MCS Newsletter #30
May 16-22, 2013
Classes have still been working hard on many interesting projects!
In Home Ec recently, students have made chocolate pizza, chicken crepes, and lasagna!
In CDT, Rohan, Aman, and DongHyuk show some of the Grade 7 projects.
In Grade 8 Science, the students had lots of fun with an electrical kit, which contained batteries, conductors and lights so they could put circuits together.
In Grade 8 History the students took pride in creating a Museum all about the Renaissance period.
The Elementary finished their projects on famous people like Edison and Nobel.
The Graphics Class finished a term project of creating Panther logos for a picnic table. Then one design was chosen and they painted it onto a new table.
Stephen, Noelle, Havilah YeaRim, HyoJi
The Senior Highs enjoyed perfect weather for their campout! They learned to hang ropes in the trees for various activities, like hammocks. They played games and hiked to the waterfall. They also had a great time of worship on Sunday.
On the weekend, the Junior High played water games.
In Chapel last week we heard testimonies from the 10th graders who went on the hike recently. They told how God answered prayer, how their trust in Him grew, and how they forgot their own problems when they helped others.
Then their Christian Studies class demonstrated, in humorous ways, the importance of reading and studying the Bible for yourself, and of trusting God, as Daniel's three friends did in the fiery furnace. Uncle Harry spoke to us in church, encouraging us, with many interesting illustrations, to guard and train our minds.
Praises and Prayer Requests: Praise for a great SH Campout!
Praise for faithful teachers who are still putting in a great effort to teach interesting lessons besides giving exams! Praise for the way God has made our minds so that we can learn and be so creative.
Pray for the graduates as this next week is their big week! Jared, Peter, Jamie, Grace, Lizzy Pray for Staff to be patient and gracious and have the energy for the next several days!
MCS Newsletter #29
May 9-15, 2013
We finished up Korea week with more great Korean food and a wonderful Chapel program!
Our Korean students were dressed in their beautiful outfits and the girls performed a traditional fan dance. Peter told about the history of the Gospel coming to Korea which began in 1794. Early Christians suffered persecution, but now, 26% of the population is Christian. Korea has the biggest church in the world with one million members and is the 2nd largest mission sending country in the world. Please pray for North Korea and the secret believers there who risk persecution. DoHoon humorously gave some historical facts about his country. Prizes were given for winners who guessed the most correct answers to a quiz about Korea. Winners were: Ricky, Sameer, James and Mr. Healey.
Then there was a fashion show, where their traditional dress, the hanbok, was modeled. A group sang a popular praise song in Korean and everyone joined, as best we could, in singing their national anthem. Winners for dressing very colorfully on Friday were Colleen and Jair. A visiting dignitary from the Korean consulate joined us for lunch. Thank you to all of you who made it a great week of celebration and learning!
The Junior High Formal went well. They enjoyed food and games at a restaurant in Murree. Don't the students look great all dressed up! We really are proud of these children!
Here is Grade 7: Priscilla, JuYoung, Aman, Matthias, Rohan, DongHyuk, Jennifer and their advisor, Ms Kosek.
Grade 8: Jonas, Caleb, Daniel, Mr. Miller, Seth, Benjamin, Micha, Hannah, Jodie, Daniel, Wesley, MinHa, JuHee, HaeYoung
Grade 9: Rohit, Shawn, Noelle, Sameer, Tobias, YeaRim, Jair, HaRey, Miss Warwick, HaeRim, Colleen, Jonathan
We extend our sympathies to the Paul Kim family, whose father passed away. Mr. Kim was scheduled to speak for us on Sunday, but since he needed to leave for Korea quickly, Mr. Park filled in for him. We saw an inspirational video of Nick Vujicic, who was born without limbs, reminding us that we can have joy in Christ no matter what our circumstances are! A group sang a Korean song and the Elementary sand a beautiful round about the fruits of the Spirit, which was the theme of our worship time. Thank you to all who take part and lead us in our Sunday worship times!
*Alumni News* Felix, Rene, Julia, Rahel and Deborah Lanz, Jessie Bär, Samuel Keil will be at a youth conference this coming weekend (the 18th-20th) to work at the "chai tent." Basically that means lots of opportunities to interest people in doing short term or long term ministry, such as becoming GAP year students or possibly even teachers. In that tent 3 years ago Julia decided to come to Pakistan after talking to a former GAP year. So pray that God would use it once more to provide workers at MCS and other places around the world!
Thanks to Stephen Wiley for updating our school logo on a number of things!
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise that the AP's have finished!
Praise that the country's Elections took place on the 11th and things were quiet here.
Pray for the events coming up in the last week of the school year: Banquet, Drama Baptism and Graduation! (Along with reports, cleaning, packing and saying goodbyes!)
Pray for needed staff: Director, junior English/History, senior Science, ESL, German, and Christian Studies.
MCS Newsletter #28
May 2-8, 2013
The Design Club added our Panther mascot to a concrete wall to bring some school spirit to the area of our new playing field. Jodie, DongHyuk, Stephen, Sameer and Wesley did a great job!
During Chapel announcements, since we have felt some earthquakes recently, some 8th grade students acted out the right and wrong ways to respond to an earthquake. Their skit presented Paul and Silas in prison when the earthquake came, and in order to stay safe, they crawled underneath some desks!
The rest of the Chapel time was devoted to music. Joel led the band in a song from the Big band era of the 1930's and Dr. Scott led an instrumental version of Psalm 42. Then we ‘traveled' to Muscat, Oman, where we heard and saw, by video, some of the performance from the recent trip of six of our choir members. We also saw pictures that illustrated their favorite parts of the trip: fancy cars, playing on the beach, food, singing praise in such a big, mixed group, meeting new people, and enjoying the differences and similarities between Oman and here. Then the group, which included Noah, Tori, HaeYoung, Joel, Helen and YeaRim, sang two of their songs from the Festival.
The Elementary enjoyed mostly good weather for their campout, which was a great blessing! They slept in tents, played games, hiked to the waterfall, and found tadpoles in the stream.
On Saturday the Junior High also had an outing - to ISOI for a swim day. They also played tennis and football and had lunch at Jinnah and ice cream at Tutti-Frutti!
Our guest speaker for Sunday was Pastor Ron Lamb from England. He challenged us to fight our spiritual battles with confidence because of who Jesus is, who we are in Him, and by God's grace and power!
This week we started to celebrate the country of Korea and its colors, traditions, food and games! There was a tournament on the court, playing the game of joc goo, which involves getting a ball back and forth over a net without using hands. Each day we were to wear certain colors of the Korean flag.
Winners so far this week for showing their creative spirit are: Jennifer, Grace S., Lizzy, Elisabeth, David S., Jodie and Auntie Stephanie. And look at some of the beautiful food we have been treated to! The Korean parents have been very busy making Bulgogi, Kimbap, Bibimbap and KimChee! They will do our chapel on Friday - more on that next week!
*Almuni News* MCS alumni, Tom Brown, (Class of '75) visited recently from the US. He is a professor of optics at the University of Rochester, NY, and is visiting universities here.
Praises and Prayer Requests:
Praise for warmer spring weather!
Praise for how God has made us one, even though we are so different!
Several AP exams have taken place - more to come next week! Keep praying for our students to do their best.
Pray for the 10 staff leaving at the end of this school year, and for their next stage of life and service. (Barnes, Howe, Katie, Amy, Catherine, Benedikt, Elisabeth, Jonathan)
Pray for needed staff: Director, junior English/History, senior Science, ESL, German, and Christian Studies.
MCS Newsletter #27
April 25 - May 1, 2013
We continued our celebration of British Isles week with lots of red, white and blue! Tuesday we wore red and white, which stood for the English flag.
Wednesday was Scottish day with blue and white and even a kilt! Jared and James won for Scottish day!
We could also dress up like Shakespeare's time in honor of his birthday. Miss Warwick was the flag and Miss Lynn looked very Shakespearian!
Thursday, Noah was an easy winner for being the most red, representing Wales!
Friday was royalty day!
Jodie and friends made a golden crown, earrings, a necklace and a ring....from Butter Puff crackers!!! We don't need much to make events special!!
At our Friday chapel, the British group led our time. Karuna and Naemi were the students with the most correct guesses on the week's quiz. Mr. and Mrs. Healey talked about the some of the history of the British Isles and of the famous Christians who changed history, such as, Wycliffe, Tyndale, Slessor and Livingstone. We prayed for these countries which now need a revival!
The Junior High had a fun campout which was dry for most of the time. They enjoyed a walk along the pipeline.
At a recent chapel, Dr. Scott informed us of a scholarship sponsored by TEAM for Pakistani Christian students so they can go on to their secondary education.