Youth Retreat

Question: Would you sign up for a weekend where you are responsible for nearly 100 tweens and teens?

Ok, me neither…until the past few years, that is.

It’s our youth group’s annual spring retreat this weekend and I’m typing this (at just after 1 a.m.) from the lower bunk in a room with eight others.

This is my third retreat as an adult leader for the youth group. Always amazes me how much energy you can pack into a couple of days. 
It took until about half an hour ago to get everyone, at least the guys’ wing of the building, to finally blow off enough steam to even consider sleep. 

There was full-scale soccer and football going on in the hallway after midnight. I mean, why not?

Fridays for me anymore are in bed by 9 or 10. Not this weekend, though – and I love it. 

It’s a lot of work to pull stuff like this off and it requires some patience, but it’s so worth it. 

Tonight, probably two dozen kids gave their lives to Christ! Amazing!

That alone makes it completely worth it. But, it’s also a lot of fun to connect with the kids in a fun setting. They tend to open up more and it’s great to get to know them better. 

We’ll see what the rest of the weekend brings, but for now, I’m smiling at the thought of being so blessed to get to be a small part of these young people’s lives. God is good. 

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