The past three days have been a blur, but a very fun blur. I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago with my father and two friends to pick up some equipment for Youth Haven Bible Camp at Moody Bible Institute and also to spend some time at Moody recruiting for next summer’s camp staff, possible interns, and even full time staff. Even though the trip was really quick it was great to be able to see a few friends at Moody and share with the students about opportunities with KMM and YHBC.
Another great thing was that I was able to spend some time walking around the city showing our friends some of my favorite spots and just going down memory lane a little bit. Chicago definitely has had a special place in my life and I am so very thankful for all my experiences there and at Moody. I am also thankful and blessed for the opportunities that God has given me to go back and visit almost every year since I left in 2005.
As I now have returned back home to Kentucky, I am praying that God will take more Moody students that are being challenged and growing in their Faith in Chicago and Moody and call them to work with us here in Kentucky. Please join me in praying this same prayer!
This past Friday night we held our annual Fall Teen Lock-In at the Lee County Recreational Center. 130 teens came out to this outreach and had a great night of bowling, games, movies, and lots of fun. Most importantly though, KMM Missionary Mark Coburn shared a devotion with the students where the Gospel was very clearly presented. Please join us in praying that we will be able to follow up with our students and that the seed that were planted during the lock-in will see many teens accept Christ as Savior!
Also, please be praying for myself and all the staff who gave of their time for this outreach. I know personally I was blessed with plenty of energy to make it through the night, but now two days later I am really feeling sluggish and wiped out. Pray that we will have plenty of energy for all that is going on this week and in the coming weeks!
Our lock-ins are a great opportunity to reach our local teens for Christ. We have another coming up on New Year’s eve and would love for you to join us as a chaperone! Start resting up now so you can join us December 31st!
This weekend is the big annual Woolly Worm Festival here in Beattyville. The town will be filled with all kinds of food and craft booths as well as tons of other things to spend your money on. In the middle of all the madness, we will have a booth for the Lee County Recreational Center. At our booth we will have pizza, sodas, ice cream, and much more. The best part is that compared to a lot of the other Festival foods ours will be not only among the best tasting, but also probably the best value. Our booth not only is a great fundraiser in general for the Lee County Recreational Center, but due to the festival we don’t get a lot of traffic through the Rec Center. So the booth helps make up for a lot of needed income that would be lost otherwise this weekend. So if you are in Beattyville, KY this weekend for the big Woolly Worm Festival stop by the Lee County Recreational Center booth, get some great food and support a great ministry!
Here at the Rec Center it’s almost time for our first all night teen lock-in of the school year. On October 31st we are expecting between 150 to 250 teens to come out from 10pm that night until 6 am the next morning for a fun filled night of bowling, games, prizes, food, and most importantly a Gospel presentation. Normally, I would post about this event the week of and ask you to be praying, but this time I am hitting you up for prayer and consideration much earlier. Our lock-ins are by far our largest teen outreaches that we have. Unfortunately, with each lock-in it is getting harder and harder to find volunteers to help chaperone all night through. Without these volunteers it’s hard to put on this outreach. We need solid adults who care for our students to help us with this large of a project. So, I am asking you to begin praying right now that God will provide plenty of quality help for this lock-in. Also, begin praying if you might be able to come donate the whole night or half of the night to help reach our local students. God is going to do something great through this outreach and we hope and pray you will be a part of it!
As I have mentioned in previous blog posts our FCA theme this year is All In. Through out the school year we are challenging our students to be All In when it comes to their relationships with Christ. So far this year, I have been able to talk to the students about how God is all in for them, the world is all in for them, and this week I have been challenging the students that they need to be All In.
One of the cool things about this week’s lesson is the way God ties all things together and how when it comes to God there are no coincidences. Over the summer with our FCA Leadership team we did a Bible study based on the Not A Fan: Teen Edition. Through that study we talked with our students about how God is wanting us to be followers who are all in for Him and not fans who lack dedication. In that study one of the main passages we studied was Luke 9:23, where Jesus says that in order to be His disciples we must be willing to deny our ourselves and daily pick up our crosses and follow Him. Throughout the study we challenged our students that when you are a true follower of Christ it will cost you something. Being All In for Christ always comes with a cost.
This week’s FCA study that we are doing in our weekly Huddles, also used Luke 9:23 as the main passage when talking about how our students (and all Christians) need to be All In for Christ. It is so exciting for me as I teach, to be able to see how God has been tying all our studies together to point our students to what it means to be a true All In follower of Christ. Getting to once again talk to students about what denying themselves and taking up their crosses truly looks like. How it means being willing to put Christ first and pay whatever it costs to follow him, whether that be humiliations, loss of relationships, suffering, and even death. Because the we know that as followers Christ has promised He will always be with us and that one day we will spend forever with Him in Heaven.
God is truly working in the lives of our FCA students and we are excited to watch them grow into All In followers of Christ. Please pray for them as they daily seek to deny themselves and take up their crosses!