We just got back home from a service trip with our teens from Crossroad Community Church. It was a great time. Our leaders had the privilege of leading 8 youth to begin a relationship with Christ- 7 of them from our own church. Remarkable!
God moves in so many ways- many of which we have no idea how. I'll admit I wasn't happy Sunday night when we received our "crew" assignments. I was in charge of 4 teens- none of them from our youth group. The conversation in my head went something like this.
Me: What? God, are you serious? I don't know any of these kids. I just moved to IN 6 months ago and am getting to know "our" kids and now you give me 4 complete strangers? What are you doing to me?
God: I put them with you for a reason.
Me: Ok... ok. You know what's best. (mumble mumble grumble grumble)
I still don't know all the reasons why my crew was put together the way it was. Maybe it was because a couple of the shy girls needed someone loud and obnoxious (who, me?) as their group leader. Maybe it was because I was able to lead one of my crew's best friend in the beginning of a new relationship with Christ as their Savior. Whatever the reason- I had a blast hanging out with 4 kids from 3 different states. It was great to encourage them to be grateful for the things we have and to "serve with a smile." We had great conversations about the fact that while the Christian walk may be hard and things happen we may not understand- that it's worth the cost. In the end- while harder- it's so much sweeter to walk with Jesus than to walk alone.
I'm excited about the new found faith at least 8 teens began last week. I'm excited to see how God transforms their lives. Often, I feel at awe that I get to be a part of all that.