Tonight we are having our End of School Teen Lock-In at the Rec Center and are expecting around a hundred 7th-12th grade students to join us. Throughout the night we will have bowling, cosmic bowling, games, prizes, karaoke, and much more for the students to enjoy. As always though, our main focus is on sharing Christ with these students. KMM Missionary Scott Brandenburg will be sharing a devotional with the students about 1 am where he will share the Gospel. Please pray that students will be open to the message and that Scott will be used by God to reach the students. We are still in need of chaperones for this event and would love to have you join us! If you can’t join us, please join us in prayer for needed staff, for lots of energy, and most importantly that students will give their lives to Christ!
I may have already shared something about this in the past few weeks, but I have so been blessed by it that I figured if I had, it wouldn’t hurt to share again. Erin and I have been teaching the Teen Sunday School class at our church on Sunday mornings. For the first few weeks I was using various teaching tools and studies that I had acquired over the past few years. While my lessons were solid, I still felt that I needed to bring more structure to our class. So, I began looking for a good teen Sunday School Class material to use and found “Fuel Ignited” by LifeWay. We are currently doing Volume 1 of the series which contains twelve lessons. The first four lessons were Biblical lessons on finding and relating to friends. The next four lessons are on Biblical integrity, and the last four lessons of Volume 1 deal with sex and relationships. Each weekly lesson has a video of about 10 minutes that deals with the issues we will be discussing in the lesson. Unlike some videos which are just another person on dvd talking to the students, in this series there are mini tv show episodes that deal with the topics we are discussing and form a mini-series that continues from week to week.
My first few weeks of teaching the teens it was often really hard to hold their interest and pull discussion out of them. However, with this material you gain the students attention right away and that leads right into discussion. You also have a choice of lesson plans each week where you can do a discussion or an activity based lesson plan. I personally love the discussion plan because it tends to draw more discussion and Bible searching from the students. And each week you are also given a weekly devotional that has 7 seven days worth of mini-devotions for the students to do on the topic you are discussing that leads into next week’s topic.
Over all I am just really excited about this material, not only because of the interest it has gained with our students, but mainly because it is solid Biblical curriculum. Each week the students are challenged to look at their walk with Christ and see if their actions and relationships are leading others towards Christ or pushing them away. They are also challenged to grow in their relationship with Christ on a deeper level each week.
If you work in a youth group or sunday school setting with teens, I highly recommend the “Fuel Ignited” series!
I wrote a couple of week back about how we are working with our FCA students on their testimonies and going into local churches to raise money to take 6 students and 3 chaperones to camp this summer. So far God has blessed us with the opportunity to speak at two churches already and we have at least one more church scheduled already. To pay for our students and chaperones way to camp as well as gas money to get everyone there we need to raise around $2,000. So far God has blessed and we have gotten that number down to $1,795. If you would like to help sponsor our students going to camp, please contact me as soon as possible. Also, we would be willing to come share at your church about FCA and how God is using the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to impact our schools for Christ. God is doing some great things through our Lee County FCA Huddles and we would love for you to partner with us in this exciting ministry. Hope to hear from you soon!
Our family had a very busy but fun Mother’s Day yesterday. We enjoyed a great time speaking with our teens at church during Sunday School and worshiping in the main service. From there we came home where Erin’s parents came over for a Mother’s Day cookout. While we were getting dinner read, Maeven kept my in-laws entertained. She put on her full Tinkerbell outfit, fairy wings, tutu, goggles, and a sun hat. While we sat around the table talking after dinner we heard loud thumping. It was Maeven jumping off the couch and saying “I fly, I fly!” When Meme and PopPop got ready to leave we could see that she was fading. I had to speak at a local church Sunday night to raise funds for FCA camp and before I left Maeven gave in and crashed big time on the couch. I snuck out without waking her, but Erin said shortly after I left, Judah decided to keep poking his sister in the nose waking her into a 45 minute cry. Finally, Erin got our tired Tinkerbell to sleep in her own bed.
We had a great time with Erin’s family and celebrating Erin and Cathy as great Mom’s. I am truly thankful for the way Cathy raised Erin to be such a Godly wife and mom. I am thankful everyday for the mother that Erin is and is becoming. She truly loves our kids and views them as a blessing and ministry. Maeven and Judah couldn’t have a better mother. Tonight, we are celebrating mother’s day a day late with my mom, Dawn. I am so thankful for all the love and prayer that my mom has poured into my life over the years and for the Godly example she has been to me! I am truly blessed by these amazing Godly mothers!