“Let’s see if we can get some order on this Monday,” Mr. Preston announces, leisurely walking into first period American History. The class shifts their attention at Mr. Preston’s command.
“Christ can do anything. God is changing lives in ways where I’m just like, ‘are you kidding me?’” Mr. Preston poses as he begins devotions. He speaks on his experience Sunday morning, spent at the Church of the Nazarene in Fergus Falls, listening to a group from Teen Challenge as they presented at the service. Mr. Preston transitions, leading the topic to personal sin. “We tend to believe we can handle our sin.” He claims there is one solution: the blood of Christ. His devotions wrestle with our fault as humans and where we lack. Self-reflection is key.
After prayer, the recent election becomes the topic of focus. Mr. Preston leads the class in discussion of the differences between the Democratic and Republican candidates in this election season. He grabs his marker and walks to the board, recording student knowledge as they recall the policies defining the parties. The class reads from an article written by the Democratic party. As they read, Mr. Preston questions the students to see if they truly understand what is being said. “It’s so important for our students to understand and know the political process because it is one of the many vehicles the Lord has given us in a democracy here in which we’re about to actually participate as believers.” God’s hand within history.
Mr. Preston teaches his classes with intent for full understanding. “History gives us a picture of how God has worked in this nation, and the nations around the world.” Mr. Preston hopes his students use the knowledge they acquire in his classes. “We just really want to give them true, good, right history. Where they’re able to, I think, impact the world in a much better way.” Hope propelled by knowledge.