Com­mu­nity prays for beloved high school teacher

Cherokee County Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Terry Dean Edi­tor tdean@chero­kee­

“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.”

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