North Johnston High seniors told ‘can’t prepare for all’

North Johnston High seniors, their parents and others listen to Principal Ben Williams welcome them during the Baccalaureate held Sunday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Kenly Missionary Baptist Church.

Only a handful of North Johnston High School seniors attended the school’s baccalaureate service Sunday night, held at Kenly Missionary Baptist Church.

Those who did attend heard guest speaker Joel Rowland, head of First Priority in Johnston County, warn that while seniors can prepare for some things, other things cannot be prepared for.

First Priorty is an in-school Christian organization for all students. Rowland moved to North Carolina from Kentucky to start the program in Johnston County.

But, said Rowland, even though seniors cannot plan for everything, “things you can’t prepare for have already been planned for you by God.”

He reminded the appproximately 28 seniors of the 198 expected to receive diplomas Friday night, that even before they were formed in their mother’s wombs, God knew the plans he had for them.

He gave as an example the unexpected death of both of his parents in a car accident when he was a teenager.

Rowland said he could not prepare or plan for not haveing parents while he was still in high school and then having to take in his sister and be a father-figure for her.

He said his plans were to become a youth pastor. But the death of his parents changed everything.

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