Monday, April 29, 2013

Radical Retreat

This past weekend was our annual JV Youth Spring Retreat.
It is for the entire youth group, and it is just the JV kids, unlike the Fall Retreat with several churches.
We went out to Livingston, TX to Camp Cho Yeh.
This was a new campsite to us, but the kids LOVED it, and are already asking to go back.
We left Friday evening, in the Houston traffic, and started the weekend off with a bang when the bus died, and we were stranded on the side of the highway.
Luckily, there were several other vehicles in our group, so we fit all but 1 kid and Michael in the cars to go on out to the campsite.
And elder from our church drove the other bus out to Michael, and he was just about an hour behind us getting to Cho Yeh.

The retreat was based off of the book Radical, and Michael was asking the kids to do something radical with their faith. 
Maybe that meant giving something up to better focus their lives on Christ, 
or maybe that meant adding something that was going to stretch you in your walk with God.
At the end of the retreat, each of the kids (and adults) wrote a resolution and presented it to the group about how they were going to make changes and be radical.
Then, they got a t-shirt that says "I'm a Christian" which is a pretty radical thing in itself. 
I am excited to see how the Lord works in our lives to make us more radical for Christ, and less dependent on the things of this world. 

When we weren't worshiping together, or doing lessons, the weekend was full of other fun activities.
We had a camp fire, and roasted marshmallows for smores.
The kids all got to do a high ropes course, and I am SO proud of the courage they showed.
And there was free time for games, jumping on the bouncy pillow, hunting lizzards, and jumping in the lake...
Okay, maybe they weren't supposed to be in the lake, but that's what happened.
It was an awesome weekend, with some amazing teenagers!
We only had 4 kids that were Juniors and Seniors, which tells me that the future is bright at JV!!

Chugging a Cherry Coke through someone else's sock

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