ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. — A Washington, D.C.-based humanist organization recently sent a letter of complaint to an Indiana school superintendent after learning that he used official letterhead to send correspondence to area pastors to request regular prayer for students, teachers and administrators.
“I am thankful that God has blessed me with the opportunity to serve as the superintendent of the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation,” wrote Dr. Jerry Sanders in a letter sent to 20 pastors in December. “The purpose of my letter is to ask churches across Richand and Bean Blossom Townships to pray for our school corporation.”
“Every day, as I drive to work, I ask God to give me the wisdom and skills necessary to lead our school corporation towards a safe and productive day for our students and staff,” he continued. “Knowing that God is with me provides a sense of strength and confidence as I face the challenges of the day.”
Sanders quoted from Colossians 3:17, which states that all is to be done in the name of Christ, and asked that pastors have their congregation pray for the school district the first day of each month.
He provided a list of several prayer points, which included safety for students, successful learning, and that teachers, staff and administrators would make a difference in the lives of youth. Sanders also asked for prayer for wisdom in his own decision-making duties.
“I am excited to think about the many blessings that will come with an entire community
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