Sara Lee Harris
To be Awarded $1,000 in Prizes
1st Christopher Cowherd
2nd Lauren Cannon
3rd Noah Farley
1st Braeden Farley
2nd Peter Salmon
3rd Nora Peebles-Ross
The judges make the Sara Lee Harris Apologetics Competition work, their commitment, their investment of time, and their integrity in comparing eternal standards to the presentations set before them. All names are removed before the judges see them. Each of the judges agrees to review all the speeches, rank them in order, and turn in their decisions ranking them in order. The results are tabulated.
This year please join with me in thanking each of the Junior Varsity Judges – Mrs. and Mr. Micah Rentschler, Miss Lindsay Schultz, and Mr. Chuck Clack. And join with me in thanking the Senior Varsity Judges – Mrs. Leah Clack, Mr. Mark Abbotoy, Pastor Matt Figura, Mr. David Noor, and Mr. Terry Wade.
Both of the first place winners will present their speech as part of the Rally Day program. Today one of the students emailed to see if they needed to memorize their speech. Particularly touching was his disclosure that in preparing this speech he had grown to better know how to defend his faith. If one person is stronger in knowing and doing the truth, if one person’s faith is stronger because they dug into the questions posed by the Sara Lee Harris Apologetics Competition, our goal is accomplished.
There has been no warrior of the faith more determined to follow the truth of God than Sara Lee Roberts Harris. I’ve seen students from her Bible studies delighted with the encouragement they have received from her. I’ve heard of workers in Kroger’s or the beauty shop coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ because of her bold testimony and the constant flow of tracts she got from Logos Bookstore. I’ve seen the prayer lists she used daily in her early morning times of “retreating to the throne room of God” on behalf of people that she knew loved and cared for the same wonderful Almighty God she also served or maybe she thought they did need to learn to love such a Savior. Praying for over 200 people daily seems a little obsessive compulsive, but that is just Mom. We all called her “Mom”. She was quite a lady and she was a lot of fun, too. This competition is about a remarkable lady who was quite an effective apologist with friend, family, and whoever she ran into in the grocery line or anywhere else. Be strong in the Lord and in the glory of His might.