Youth Convention 2015

Anthony and I took 26 students and 5 adults to youth convention the weekend of November 13th. Here’s a basic overview of what we did:

– Drive
– Laugh
– Eat
– Worship and learn
– Not sleep
– Drink Coffee
– Eat
– Worship and learn
– Laugh
– Eat
– Worship and learn
– Drive

Now THAT was a fabulous 48 hours! Youth Convention is so short, but so incredibly powerful. We don’t waste any time when we are there. We are always going to some sort of breakout session, worship session, or meal. This year we did something a little bit different, which I’m sure we’ll do in future years! At night, we had a special time in our rooms. The girls met in my room and the boys met in Anthony’s room and we shared what spoke to us from that night’s session. This year I was figuring out some last minute room situations, so when I came into the room the girls had already begun talking and sharing and they didn’t even know that’s what we were going to do! It was beautiful to watch the seniors lead the younger girls in understanding and love of God. It was a very proud moment for me, although I wish I had been there to hear all of it!

The speaker during that first night session talked about the time when Jesus walked on the water to the disciples while they were in the middle of the storm, and how Peter walked on water as well. The girls got so much out of that sermon, and actually I did as well. I was reminded that after Peter sank and Jesus lifted him up, they both walked back to the boat and only when they got in did the storm stop. Jesus didn’t stop the storm right away, but he was with Peter the whole time. Now that’s powerful stuff right there.

I am always majorly impacted at Youth Convention. It’s where God solidified a call in my heart twice on different years that I was called to go into ministry. The first time was when I was about 14 years old. The second time was when I was volunteering with VCC’s youth group before I was a licensed pastor. I was listening to a speaker and suddenly God overwhelmed me with the most passionate deep love for the youth girls that I have ever felt. It was in that moment that I knew God was ordaining my desire to serve teen girls, and the reason I pursued youth ministry with Anthony.

This year, I was selected by our District Youth Director to present a breakout session on the topic of spiritual dryness. I was able to speak to about 150 of the youth at the conference about how to stay close to God no matter how you feel. How to tell if you’re drifting from him, understanding why you’re drifting, and most importantly, aligning your life with what God is doing in this season of life. I was so honored to have that privilege to speak, although speaking isn’t my first (or even second) desire.

These trips always bring us closer together, and I know that now I have the relationship with the girls in my car and in my room where we can talk about anything. It’s those bonds that are created when the kids are “on their own” that are so incredibly strong. It was a great trip. Gotta love YC2015!

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