Last week I spent three days speaking at a camp with 80 high school students at Expeditions Unlimited www.expeditionsunlimited.com in Baraboo, WI. Many of you were praying for me and I thank you for that. It was a great experience – let me share a few thoughts and observations:
•?I was reminded yet again that youth ministry is so very strategic. The pressure is relentless on today’s teenagers. Though there are some similarities between when I was a teenager (think 70’s – Bicentennial, Bee Gees, and leisure suits) and now – the differences are huge. They live in a far more relativistic, pluralistic society, they are constantly bombarded by internet pornography and the family structure is seldom intact and functional. The problems these students face are far greater than what I had to deal with.
?•?I was also reminded that many high school students are very open to spiritual things. They are yearning for a moral compass, for a cause greater than themselves, for a little peace of mind in a very chaotic world. On Thursday night about 8-10 students crossed the line of faith and trusted in Jesus Christ; about the same number made some type of recommitment to following Christ. It was awesome!
?•?Finally, I was reminded that God can use anyone – including me. At times I felt a bit insecure, out of place – how could I, as a 48 year old guy, connect with these students? (In fact, the parents of some of these students were in my youth group back in the 80’s!) Yet God’s word is powerful and God’s Holy Spirit ends up being the teacher and therefore really good things happen! Besides, if God could use Balaam’s donkey to get his message out (read Numbers 22:27-29) – then He could use me too!
Thanks again for praying!