Jesse came home from senior high youth group last week & said, "By the way, we're having youth group at our house next week." Surprise! Thankfully there really wasn't much for me to have to prepare, which is a good thing because I haven't had any free time lately!
We live about 15 minutes from our church, in a more serene & rural area than the downtown hustle & bustle atmosphere that most of these kids are used to. Our yard is plenty big to run around, play football, soccer, Kan-Jam & have the opportunity for these youth to just be kids. This cookout gave them the opportunity to relax & hang out with one another. To me, I think these types of fellowship events are just as important as regular youth group. Jesse's weekly message at youth group is always relevant, encouraging & challenging, but it also provides a platform for the youth to bond with each other & engage in peer-to-peer ministry.
I laughed when Jesse said he was only going to bring home one van full of kids. Typically, he spends the first hour before youth group each week driving around & picking kids up. But surprisingly enough, they carpooled & we ended up with a great turnout. I would say 80+ people in total. And...ready for the shocker? Jesse didn't have to take a single person home. Now if only we could get that sort of activity during regular youth group meetings.
I'm so proud of this little community. May they all go out & change the world! As for me, I've got to get back to clean up, it looks like a hurricane of hungry teenagers came through our yard & house!