North American Division president invites teachers to trust God fully.
“We need to be anointed. We need God’s Spirit to rest upon our heads as we walk into those classrooms,” said Larry Blackmer, vice-president of education for the North American Division, during the anointing service on the final day of the 2018 North American Division (NAD) Teachers’ Convention in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
“I think today is one of those days we can celebrate. That we can look back on what’s happened in our ministry. We can look forward to what God is going to do in our classrooms,” said Blackmer.
A Ceremony of Dedication
Approximately 250 educators participated in the 6:30 a.m. anointing service. Sam Leonor, chaplain of La Sierra University, who was also the convention’s featured devotional speaker throughout the four-day event, delivered the early-morning message at the special service.
Leonor took participants through the history of anointing. He shared how it originated with shepherds placing oil on their sheep’s heads to repel disease-carrying flies. The oil was also used for medicinal purposes for sheep if they became sick.
Leonor went on to say that anointing with oil eventually became used to set someone a part for a specific mission or purpose.
“What is this purpose?” Leonor asked the teachers at the ceremony. “It’s big. There are lives entrusted to your care. You have been called for something really significant.”
While no oil was present at this anointing, a room full of dedicated teachers prayed for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide in individual hearts, homes, classrooms, and campuses. The teachers broke into groups of six to pray for each other, and to be prayed over by pastors and elders who joined their prayer circles.