Okay. I love middle schoolers. Never a dull moment let me tell you. There ended up to be 9 kids and Darin and I for the trip to Kentucky Christian University for Summer in the Son. They were a hoot. And they learned things too.
Like how to jump off cliffs into the lake. Yes, cliffs ranging from 20-50 feet. My husband was the ring leader of them all. After 3 weeks of camp there, he's perfected his front tuck off a 40 foot cliff. Yeah, I about puked each time he jumped.
They also learned about creationism from the smartest man on the earth. Seriously, this dude was way smart. He disproved all sorts of evolution theories. Even I was interested and yeah, science usually hates me. The kids ate it up and know how to stand up for what they believe in their science classes.
They learned that hip hop can be done WELL by Christian artists. I was more into Shane and Shane, but the kids totally fell in love with the rapper that performed. And then the rapper ate at our table at snack time. And I thought they all were going to get in a fist fight for who got to sit by Bobbie Bishop. Crack me up.
They learned that stealing Darin's towel while he was taking a shower was not a good idea. I'll spare you the details but let's just say I was totally cracking up at how Darin paid them back. =)
The girls learned how to do chin people. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Darin has the camera so I'll post them in a later post.. and probably wet myself again laughing at them!!! Oh yeah, those pictures are SO going into the slide show in front of the entire church on July 30th when D preaches.
They learned how to help out a needy family. We built 2 walls for a future home that will be constructed to give to a family in need. When we were finished, they got to write all over the wall with messages and blessings.. serious and goofy. It was probably the first time that many of them had ever picked up a hammer. And they got to use a hammer to make a home that will bless a family. So cool.
They learned what serious "group" time was. Thanks to the nerf bat Darin had. No, he didn't smack them upside the head with it.. if they didn't have the bat, they couldn't talk. Worked wonders and deep conversations happened every night. And it was good.
The kids learned how to worship in their own style with no inhibitions.. didn't have to worry about what they looked like because it was "cool" to lift your hands to praise God or to sing at the top of your lungs. One of my girls said that she wished that everyone at the camp went to her school.. so being a Christian would be easier. Oh how I wish that for her too.
One of our boys learned what it meant to accept Christ and to be baptized. Amazing.. it was truly amazing to see how far he came in one week.
I learned a lot too. Like how to let Christ be the center of EVERYTHING in my life. So many times, I claim that God is the center of my life but SLOWLY I grab back the control from Him in certain areas until I get to a breaking point and realize what I am doing. Um yeah, I'm just human and God is God.. The Creator of this universe!! How bout I let Him control my little ol' life? Duh!! I (way too often) loose sight of that and last week was an extremely good kick in the hiney for me. =)
I know a few of you blog friends were praying for our week and let me tell you that we could totally feel it. Thanks so much for investing your prayers in our kids.. it was TRULY an amazing week. =)