I’ve been issued a challenge and it involves the teen youth group my husband and I are leading. It is very exciting for me to be a part of this and see what the group can accomplish this year. The challenge is to find eighty ways of transportation and do them in our home state of West Virginia. The challenge began on November 6, 2011 and will end November 6, 2012. The idea came from our pastor who recently saw a show on History channel called, “Around the world in 80 ways.” He thought it would be exciting and interesting for us to take the challenge and apply it to our area. Besides, the name of the youth group is Extreme Voice. Why would this have anything to do with a church youth group? What purpose would it serve, other than getting to do some really cool things? First, Jesus used many modes of transportation to get from one place to another. He walked, went by boat, or by donkey. Next, He traveled throughout Galilee encountering people, teaching them, healing them and showing love to them. It didn’t matter how they lived, who they were, or whatever shortcomings they had, he reached out to them. Everywhere he went, excitement ensued. He led an extreme life.
Why should the Christian walk be boring? Why would we want to put Christianity in a box? There are many things to experience and many people to encounter along the way. How can you meet people if you stay in a place that many people feel unwelcomed to come into? Sure, people came to Jesus, but He also went to people, sought them out of the crowd, listened and loved them.
Every way we try on this challenge doesn’t mean that we will encounter someone every time. But, I’m sure there is something we will gain from each experience that will teach us something about ourselves, community, or teamwork.
The first way we marked off our list was a hike at a local park. We decided to geocache while we hiked, since my husband and I knew several cache’s were hidden there. Our hike ended up being almost three miles. It led us on a path around the whole length of the lake. We handed the group the GPS and let them lead the way to the hidden cache. They did excellent finding the cache and working together. We followed the hike up with a lesson on following God’s direction in your life. We left the park by car, (2nd way) and finished the day off gathering together for ice cream at the local drive in.
The teens are excited, I’m excited, and so are the other leaders involved. It’s going to be an interesting year! I’ll continue to share the ways we make it through the state as they unfold.