Community prays for beloved high school teacher
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eyes.”Psalms 32:8
Randy Smith, federal programs coordinator for Cherokee County Schools, shared these words of scripture during a recent prayer vigil for Cherokee County High School Teacher Carol Oliphant who is fighting a serious illness. A standing room only crowd attended the ceremony which was held in the Cherokee County High School Gymnasium.
The program included musical selections, testimonies, concluding with individual prayer circles led by local ministers and then everyone joining hands in prayer around the gymnasium.
“As the pslamist David said, we need to reflect on how Carol has spent her time teaching and guiding and how her loving eyes have given to so many students.”
“If Carol Oliphant’s loving eyes have ever been on you, raise your hand,” said Smith. “Wow! What a great attribute. Thank you!”
“If you are not inspired by what has gone on so far something is wrong with you,” said Smith. “I have had a lot of opportunities in my life to speak to different groups on different subjects but wow what I see tonight! When Rashida called me, I was thinking we would have around 15 or 30 of us sitting in a circle but nothing like this. What an honor, What a tribute all of you are to Carol.”
Following a musical solo by Ciannia Bynum, Meg Crane opened in prayer.
“When I was in high school, a long time ago, Mrs. Oliphant’s classroom was always the safe place and I am assuming that it is still that way today,” said Crane. “There was a time where it seemed like the judgement and the weight of the whole town was on my shoulders and I will never forget how she always made me feel important.”
“She always cared about me, not just how well I did in English, or how well I could write a paper which is not very well,” said Crane. “She got on to me from time to time. She also helped me write most of my college papers. So I can actually thank her for my college degree and I have told her all of this.”
“She is so much more than just a teacher,” said Crane. “She is a lifelong friend and she is so important to this community and I know that you are here and you know that
“All of you coming together tonight would mean so much to her and it says in the Word when two or three are gathered together in the name of Jesus that He is here with us,” said Crane. “So guys He is here with us tonight and that should excite us all. He is going to hear our prayers.”