Monday, April 25, 2005
Friday was rainy so we did not have as many people as we did last week, but we still has 155 people. That is pretty good for a rain day.
Saturday we had a good bus ride. The kids were quiter than I have seen them this year.
Well I am ready for another fun filled week.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Basking in His Presence
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Had a fight outside my bus yesterday. Two 11-12 year old girls were arguing about something, so I wouldn't let them on the bus. Then one of their brothers bothered the other girl so she slapped him. Then his sister jumped on her and it took three of us to break it up and to pry her fingers from the other girls hair. Then on the bus their little brothers started fighting, to protect their sisters' honor or something like that. This kind of behavior boggles me. But when talking to the parents its no wonder why they think fighting is the only way to solve problems. Our bus captain told one of the moms about what had happened. She told her daughter that it was "all right" and they would go to her school and she could beat her up. We try to do the best we can for these kids but when they have God's truth for 1 or 2 hours a week and garbage the rest of the time it's difficult to see the truth.
But I had a good morning today. I helped in preschool kids church. On Sunday kids can only come to church if their parents come, so there are not the huge numbers of kids like we see on Saturday. We had about 10 four, five, and six year olds. I spent most of the time buddied up with Marcus. This kid is energy with legs. It was difficult to get him to do anything unless you were patient and talked to him directly. So he sat with me through the whole class. But he did very well during praise and worship. Except he broke a maraca because he was tapping them together. And he did start making up his own words to "Hear I am to Worship," But over all he did well.
Having a blast with the Lord
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Excited that the Lord is my Light
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
I'm going to try to post these pictures again.
This is me 25 feet up in the air.
Everybody in the dinig hall at the ropes course.
These are all the guys of the internship at a birthday party.
I posted this earlier but had to take it off because the website that was hosting it changed the name of the picture. This is us Blitzin the first weekend we were here. Blitzing is when you take a whole bunch of flyers and pass them out to everybody.
This is at a games workshop. I'm the one on the left.
Here a re a couple of pics of kids in preschool.
Aren't they PRECIOUS!!
Anyway, if you were hoping for a picture of me eating a fish, I was told it did not turn out. But I'll try to find another one.
Goodbye for now
Monday, April 11, 2005
Doing My Best to please HIM,
Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Thursday I did visitation at John Adams Houses. I was able to throw a football with a couple of 11 and 12 year old boys. They were actually impressed by the way I throw the ball. If you know me you know that nobody is usually impressed with my performance in sports related activities. This made me wonder if an adult male has ever taken the time to throw a football with them. It's amazing to me how easy it is for people to lack certain types of relationships in a city that is so large. This is why visitation is so important. it shows them that someone cares in a world where no one does.
On Friday we had 50 more kids this week than we had last week. I am so excited to see what God is going to do in John Adams Houses.
On Monday we went to a high ropes course in Connecticut. They have a thirty foot high "leap of faith" and a twenty-five foot high "Catwalk". The leap is basically a free jump with a rope and harness. The catwalk was a log suspended in the air. I was able to do both but the hard part was climbing up to them. We also had a low ropes course with trust fall, spider web,etc...
Tuesday was the official kickoff for the youth meetings this semester. There were about 400 teenagers in the auditorium. Pastor Bill Wilson was the guest speaker. I was amazed how much authority he commanded over these kids. He spoke about pottery. He illustrated the steps to make a pot.
1. Start with raw material
2. Mold it
3. Smooth the edges
4. GO through the fire
He talked about how if we want to become what God wants us to become we must be willing to let God change us, and we must survive trials. He also talked about the potter's field. It is basically a graveyard for pots that didn't make it. Either they were unwilling to be molded or they cracked in the fire. We are like clay in the potter's hand. We must be willing to be molded. And we must be withstand the fires in our life. Anyway it was powerful to see so many urban teens together in one place hearing the word of God.
Growing in Him