Hello, it's OB

Today, Operation Barnabas kicked off and we have wasted no time! Since OB is shorter this summer (almost by half), orientation is much more compact. Students arrived for registration in Winona Lake, Indiana, at 8 o’clock this morning, and orientation kicked off shortly afterwards. After some time playing some icebreaker games, students started their first choir practice at 9:30, and orientation was in full swing.
After choir, leaders were introduced, and students sat through a training time where they got to learn the Operation Barnabas theme passage, Acts 11:23-24. Guidelines were then communicated before lunch was provided by Grace College! Then, the classic OB “thank you” song was taught to be able to show our gratitude throughout the summer to those who provide for us. By 1 PM, students had already experienced a full day!
However, we weren’t even halfway yet! After a choir practice and a training time on outreach, students discovered what team they were on, much to their surprise. The teens then divided into their teams and were then split into three groups to work on skits, dances, and puppets.
Following this, Grace College provided dinner and took some time to share about the school.  Though by this time, students were very tired, there was still a full night ahead. Ed Lewis shared another training time, followed by another choir practice and a speech choir run-through. This led up to the final activity of the night, a challenge hour led by Ed. This hour included worship, testimonies of how God provided in bringing students to OB, and student-led special music. By 11:00 PM, the teens were finished with activities for the day and were preparing to settle for the night.
Today was a very full day (perhaps the fullest in orientation history?), but it was a very good day. A lot of relationships were built, and students are enjoying their time. It’s only the beginning, though, as OB is just getting started, and we have much more to cover within the next few days. Continue to pray as we prepare for the rest of our summer!

New OB students arrive and start off the day by learning some get to know you games.

New OB students arrive and start off the day by learning some get to know you games.


Ed Lewis led our students in evangelism training!

Ed Lewis led our students in evangelism training!


Levi and Joshua help lead the OBer's in worship

Levi and Joshua help lead the OBer’s in worship


Meet the East Team!

Meet the East Team!


Meet the Buckeye Team!

Meet the Buckeye Team!


Team East begins Speech Choir training

Team East begins Speech Choir training


TK opens up the final session of the night

TK opens up the final session of the night