The group for highlight today is not my group however, but my hero of a wife’s group. Many of you may not know, but Hilary is 4.5 months pregnant and she and Craig are heading up a great group of students and leading them well! Hilary and Craig’s group: Nate Zeigler, Analese Erickson, Abby Furman, Gabriella Owens-DeMarco, Sage Wilson, Hannah Thompson, Josh Dever, Elena Matos, Joshua Thomas and Elisha Barlett were asked to be the team that stays all day with a Salvation Army Day Camp.
They spend each day going around with these 25 students, helping to teach, lead games and hang out with them. They’ve engaged with these students every work day so far and have developed great relationships with the kids. One kid, which I continue to hear about is Sammy. Gabriella always shares stories about Sammy and how much he loves them and church.
I asked Hilary today who she would nominate for “student of the day” and she said two names: Josh Dever and Nate Zeigler. She asks them everyday to develop and lead the gym time and she said they’ve been doing great at it! They make up the games the kids are to play, then lead an entire hour of game time! They are helping Hilary lead gym time because she just can’t do it and says they do a great job! I would love to show you pictures of this great work, but due to issues with the campers families, photography is strictly prohibited.
After our work day, we headed back for free time and dinner. We had Taco Wednesday! After tacos, we headed to our evening event, which was a Black Baptist Church down the road. Our kids joined right in because the service felt very close to home! The worship time was great and the message was spot on for many of our kids: “God can’t catch what you don’t throw” was the title and could be boiled down to this: We are called to cast our worries, burdens and cares upon God, but if we aint throwing it, he can’t catch it…so throw you burdens to Jesus!
Many of our teens were touched by this as well as the evening lesson titled: “Reacting Differently” Where we were challenged to react different than we normally do to life situations. We read about the wicked servant who was freed a large debt, yet held a person to a much lesser debt. We discussed the idea of reacting with the same grace we’ve been given.
Last came my favorite part of the day/night…we broke into our church group! Here we talked further about the lessons we learned and how we could apply them. I was about to break into our normal small groups, but felt the Holy Spirit ask me to keep them in a big group and share what God has been doing in and through them. I was blown away at how impacted these students have been! God has really been growing them. Several students stated that this week has changed their lives. I challenged them to not let slip away the lessons they’ve learned here and called them out to allow God to help them live this way more than just this week. We went late so I didn’t have any interviews, but man was it worth it!!
God is doing a deep work in your teens. Keep praying. Tomorrow is going to be a hard day physically, emotionally and spiritually. Please pray for the teens to have good attitudes, and open hearts to hear and feel the love of the Father!
There is so much more to tell, but not nearly enough space! Don’t forget the pics at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.129950060426691.34178.100002350920814
and the videos at www.youtube.com/picako7