What a full day! Once we pulled in to a local park in Orlando, we unloaded and spent the majority of our day there. The students spent a couple hours wandering the park and engaging strangers in conversation before eating packed lunches. We moved from lunch into an hour with God, followed by a teaching time by Josh Leonhardt (the leader whom all other leaders hold in the highest regard. Now, this anonymous writer does not claim any direct relationship with Josh, but this writer is qualified to speak on behalf of the other leaders in saying that he is incredibly cool, smells good and rocks the undercut hairstyle. This writer will digress though. After all, Josh always points the glory to Jesus, not himself.).
As for the rest of our day, the late afternoon – and into dinner time – had us in a mall just down the road. There, students were given their allowance and could buy necessities and engage in conversations with people. We finished off the night back at the church. Students met in their discipleship groups before heading into some team building activities. The last thing we did before prepping for bed and the long drive tomorrow was to listen to a sermon as a team and reflect on what God has been teaching us. The team was challenged to move from that sermon time to bed without talking to anyone in order to stay in conversation with the Lord personally; they remained silent up until the time they fell asleep. We as leaders are still up praying over their quiet time and the hope of the students having a one-on-one meeting with Christ regarding specific direction in their life as they return home.
Please join us in prayers for the students as well. Many of them are experiencing their first real struggle with the question of whether or not God is calling them to a career in ministry. Some are struggling with knowing they have very tough, specific conversations waiting for them at home with family members, friends and significant others. Without a doubt, God is moving in the team. But He is nowhere near finished. Will you continue to partner with us even beyond the summer in seeing these young people commit their “everything” to Him? Those things God speaks to the students now impacts them for the course of their entire life. We would be amiss to think that our job for lifting them up before the Lord is over after tonight or even the end of tour.
And a big shout-out to Mrs. Groh for the encouragement and positive feedback on the blog. This one’s for you! … (and every other parent…)