“Christ is the strongest, grandest, most attractive personality ever to grace the earth. But a careless messenger with the wrong method can reduce all this magnificence to the level of boredom…It is a crime to bore anyone with the gospel.” // Jim Rayburn, Founder of Young Life.
I had the opportunity to spend the last week at Timber Wolf Lake with 70 of my favorite high schoolers in Genesee County. Timber Wolf Lake is a Young Life camp in the beautiful Lake City, Michigan. Check this out:
This week I was reminded how much I love the ministry of Young Life.
Young Life camp is more than blobs, frisbee golf, ropes courses, and go-carts.
It’s sitting around a perfectly set table family-style for three meals a day.
It’s a ropes course and a zip line that are set up to have someone right next to you along the way.
It’s a place where kids can escape the pressures of the world just for a week.
It is all about creating genuine relationships. It is all about life to the full.
It is a place that was literally created for kids to experience Christ without any distractions. It’s a glimpse of heaven.
This week I had the honor and privilege of walking alongside 13 girls during the best week of their lives! We got to take leaps of faith on the ropes course, go tubing in 45 degree weather (thank you, Michigan weather), eat meals together, sing and dance together. Most importantly we learned about the God of the UNIVERSE who created sunsets and mountains, but looks at us and said we are TOV MEOD – the best of the best of the very very best!
I’m convinced that Young Life camp is pretty close to what heaven is like. And there is just something special about being in “heaven” and hearing about how much God loves us. And its even more special that God gives me the honor of standing alongside those girls as walls are broken down and the love of God enters their heart.
Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. – Ephesians 3:8
We build relationships, go to camp with our high school friends, experience the best week of our lives together, then we get to come home together and continue the relationship – continue running after Jesus and figuring out this thing called life.
When I was in high school, I experienced Jesus through the way my Young Life leader constantly loved me and pursued me. Seven years ago I went to Young Life camp with her. And now I live with her and her family! Things aren’t over after camp. Nope. It is just the beginning.
And seven years later, I get the opportunity to do the same thing…in Costa Rica with middle school students I don’t know yet but have been praying for every day!
This week was a reminder of how much I love this ministry, and a reassurance that this is what I was made for. Thank you for joining me in this journey. Please continue to pray for my fundraising! Pray for me, my family, and my friends as the big moving day quickly approaches. And pray for all of my friends that just experienced the best week of their lives, and are now adjusting to life back home.
PS: shout out to my girls in Wolverine! Although I’ll be in Costa Rica for a bit, I still love you more than you know. And I’m still running right alongside you, helping you up, and cheering you on.
“The theif comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10