It seems like it's been a while since I have written here, so, finally, I am back. I have just had a great couple weeks, both in ministry and personally. I really love my life as a youth pastor, and summers have a way of reminding me of how lucky I am to be serving God in this capacity.
The last few weeks I have had tons of opportunities to spend time with my students and volunteers and it has been very rewarding. I have been rock climbing a bunch with students lately, which is always a blessing. This time provides the opportunity to form tight-knit relationships and ask students all sorts of questions about their lives and faith. I also get to go play frisbee golf with students once a week too.
Last Saturday I took my volunteers in the youth ministry to an old farmstead owned by people in our church and we spent the day eating, hanging out, and most importantly, planning all of youth ministry for the entire 2007-2008 school year. What a blessing to already have the calendar printed out for every activity this coming year!! This was a new experiment and proved to be extremely successful. This should allow for greater success in communication with students this coming year.
Finally, on a personal note, my 4th of July was awesome. I spent the entire afternoon on Lake Okiboji skiing and wakeboarding and had a blast. Unfortunately I don't get out to the lake as much as I would like, so it was so refreshing to be in the boat for the first time this summer. My body is paying the price now, but it was worth the aches and pain for a fun day in the sun.