On April 1, the weather was nice and spring was in the air. Instead of a lesson, the group decided to work on the prayer trail behind the church. We met late afternoon with our machetes and hedge clippers in hand to tackle the thickets and thorns that stood in our way. We trail blazed for a little over an hour, by clipping, tossing, and digging out roots. A few days later, we discovered that poison oak or sumac had sprouted out in the mess on the hill because Dave and Cristal started itching and breaking out into a rash. They both had to see a doctor to get relief from the outbreak. It took approximately two weeks for them to get rid of the rash.
Personally, April was a tough month for me. My grandmother had been ill for over a month and passed away on April 11. She was the most influential person in my life. She taught me so much about living and loving God and others. She was the one person I went to whenever I needed a helping hand, my tears wiped, encouragement, prayer, comfort, or advice. That’s what grandmothers are supposed to do anyway, right? To me though she was an extraordinary grandmother, she continually sacrificed for her children and grandchildren. She imparted into me a lot of her compassion and made me who I am today. I miss her greatly.
The last Sunday of the month after our lesson, we wondered how many people we could stuff into Katrina’s P.T. Cruiser. The answer was 9. We traveled a mile, stuffed into the car, and tagged the way as “Clown Car.” It was a fun night with lots of laughter, something I felt we all needed.
For the month of May, we planned a food drive. We asked for donations of non perishable food items and monetary donations for the purchase of meat and dairy products. We used a wheelbarrow to take groceries to families in need on May 27th. We were able to provide for two families. It was a privilege to lead the teens in this way. I hope that we can reach out to the community in more ways like this in the future.
34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
After the last delivery, Landon rode in the wheelbarrow and Brian and Cristal took turns pushing him.
Later that evening, we went to the carnival that was in town for the Memorial day weekend. We rode all the classic turn your stomach upside down rides. My stomach reminded me that I am not a teenager anymore.
April was a tough month, we were attacked by the poison oak/sumac, my grandmother passed away, and my husbands businesses were suffering. But May bloomed with several flowers throughout the month. On May 9th, the youth aired their first live internet radio show called “Getting Vocal.” This was something that was thought and dreamed about for several years. Almost a week later, one of our teens was in a car accident, he flipped his truck several times, and went to the hospital. The hospital x-rayed his back and said he fractured several of his vertebrae, so they sent him to another hospital an hour away to do further treatment on him. They suspected that he would have to have back surgery. Before he left the local hospital, the Pastor, his mother and I prayed for him to be healed. The rest of the youth group showed up after I left and prayed for him as well. When he arrived at the hospital that was an hour away, they did another X-ray on him. Here’s the awesome part, they couldn’t find any fractures. It was confirmed there were some at the local hospital, but by the time he arrived at the other hospital, God healed his back. Therefore, protection and healing bloomed that day. Compassion for those in our community was another flower that sprung in the heart of the youth group when we delivered the groceries.
Next week is our Extreme Voice Summer Retreat. We are looking forward to all that God has to teach each of us during this time away.