Last Sunday evening, our youth group met at one of the kid’s house for some four wheeling and dirt bike action. It was a quick attempt to check off a few more modes of transportation for our year long challenge. Not sure what challenge I’m talking about? If not, read the previous blog to catch up with what we are doing. For our outing we had three four wheelers and a dirt bike. We enjoyed a fun filled evening of “holler wheelin.” I decided to coin this event in these terms because we went up and down the holler on the four wheelers and dirt bike. For those of you who are city folk and unfamiliar with what the definition of holler is, it is a rural road in Appalachia. It can also mean, as demonstrated by one of our youth leaders (Tia) who was unsure of the driving abilities of the teen escorting her up the hill, to yell loudly.
Four wheelers are pretty common in our area. Many people have them alongside their vehicles in the garage or driveway. They are used to go into the woods to hunt, for pure recreational pleasure, and as a means of scraping snow away, to escape from cabin fever from the “holler” you live on.
After about an hour riding, we took a break for a quick lesson. One of our teenage girls taught the lesson. She decided to teach on her Dad’s school bus. So, we piled onto the bus and picked a seat as she and a few others turned on some flashlights. She shared with the group that we should always be compassionate to those around us and look at them with Jesus’ eyes. Afterwards, one of the teens suggested visiting a few of the neighbors and inviting them to youth group. So, we piled back on the wheels and went up the hill. They rang the doorbell and politely and somewhat nervously invited a teenage girl to come sometime to church. She said she was considering looking for a church and said she may drop in sometime. Then we went down the hill and invited another neighbor to come check it out sometime. Afterwards, we went back to the home, spoke a little while of some future endeavors. There was a lot of excitement and ideas in the air as we talked. What’s next, you ask? Tune in periodically to find out!