Recent Events

Hey all! I am back! I got back from training last week, but then had to take care of a few things over the weekend. Prior to going to this month-long training even I was a little nervous, but now looking back on it there was nothing to be nervous about. I was completely prepared and knew what I was doing at all times. With all that said, that does not mean that I did not learn anything, but  I will save learnings for another post.

Currently I am “that guy” sitting in Starbucks, writing on his blog in the corner with the only outlet easily visible. I am somewhat smirking and laughing at my self for being “that guy” currently because I use to make fun of people who did that. Now look at me! Oh well. I will embrace it! What else am I supposed to do while being home in California where I barely keep in contact with friends.

Now with all that said I am truly glad to be home. It is warm…ok that’s an understatement. IT’S VERY HOT! Especially yesterday, and the heat wave is supposed to continue over the weekend. I was hoping for good weather while I am back in my hometown, and I guess the weather is not letting me down. Even being back a week I have gotten a pretty awesome tan (soon to be). I burn first then tan. It’s great!

Over this last week I have been doing things that I love! This includes helping out with day camp! Mt. Cross came to my home congregation to put on a day camp for kids from first grade through sixth grade! Needless to say, the kids had a great time! There were kids that cried because camp was over yesterday. There is something that God uses about camp that connects with so many kids. Many of the kids enjoyed the songs, skits and games. Those will be the most memorable moments for them that they will take through the rest of their lives. This is very important in ministry because the themes of the day (Bible, worship, prayer, hospitality, and service) will stick in their minds and provides a basis to build on in education as well as growing in their faith. This reminds me of Proverbs 22:6:

Direct your child onto the right path, and when they are older, they will never leave it. NLT

How appropriate that is to children’s ministry. My supervisor over the last year has stressed this to me. He kept saying that if anyone desires to do youth ministry they have to do second grade ministry because that is where it starts. As church workers we can start building those relationships with children that way when they are older (and hopefully even when they are young) they are comfortable to have meaningful conversations especially around faith.

This brings me to my high point of the week. On Wednesday we were teaching the children about prayer. I had overestimated my third and fourth graders understanding of prayer. I realized this when the counselor that I was working with asked me to help a child to think of something that they wanted to pray about. I asked the child what has ben on their heart and mind lately. She said a certain television show that she really enjoyed had been taken off air fairly recently. For her this show was a source of entertainment, relaxation and allowed her creativity to grow. However she didn’t think that God would listen to her prayer about this certain television show because it was something silly to pray about. It was at that time that I realized why so many children do not want to pray and talk to God. They view God as one who does not desire to listen to children concerns. When I told this child that she could pray for it and God would listen and answer she was amazed. This then propelled me to take a moment and reread the scripture lesson for the day. It was Luke 11:1-13. I stressed to them verses 8-10.

But I tell you this-though he may not do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you what ever you need because of you shameless persistence. And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. NLT

Every single one of the children were astonished. Nearly every child came up with something that they thought was silly to pray for and asked me if they could pray for it. The news that they could pray for those things blew their minds! I remember thinking that the hymn, What a Friend We have in Jesus, was appropriate for that day.

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

In short it is good to be home and be with family and to see what God continues to do through my home congregation and those involved there! His kingdom is moving forward!

As for the rest of my time home, I have no idea what I will be doing. I will probably go on morning runs, drink some more coffee and write more blog posts. I will definitely get in touch with some old friends of mine and visit with them. I will go visit with more family while I am here. Starting next week I will start preparing myself for internship which starts in one month (SO EXCITED!). Anyways that is what has been up in life!


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