UPLIFT at Harding is always a great week, although we started a bit shaky but the week end on some great notes. We left bright and early on Saturday morning but a couple of hours into the drive we had a blow out in van 2. And yes it is the 666 license plate van. We have to get that changed before Missouri next month. Made for a stressful rest of the day; running behind. Day 2 we spent in the ER with a student we thought was having appendicitis. She ended up heading back to Cleburne for more testing. She is doing better. Day 3 we spent the afternoon at the doctor’s office for a student with Strep throat. From then on things ran very smoothly. Day 4 and 5 were great.
Day 5 was the highlight of my week though. I was done teaching for the week so I got to just hang out with kids that morning. After lunch I went and hung out with coach Fullerton my college baseball coach. I had not gotten to see him in several years, so it was great to catch up. That afternoon we played a lot. I played in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament with Ben and Trent. Well, we played 1 game anyway. We lost 10 to 8. Then several of us played some volleyball and dominated. We won 4 straight and then lost our focus and lost our final game. Britany challenged Makalah to a race so we went out to the track and they raced in the 200 meter which Britany won… and Makalah almost died. Then the rest of us ran a 100 meter which Taylor won with a blown out knee. Our group devo that evening was amazing. It was one of the highlights of the week. We spent an hour and a half encouraging each other. Such a great evening! The evening was topped off with Mary Beth making the decision to give her life to Christ in baptism.
At times youth ministry can be very frustrating because you are dealing with people. Kids make dumb decisions, things go wrong and summers can be very tiring. But it is days like Tuesday and Wednesday that remind me why I do love Youth Ministry. I love hanging out with students, I love seeing them grow and I love seeing them make decisions to follow Christ.