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January Ways

             January days in West Virginia are usually sprinkled with snow days throughout the month.  But this year there has only been a few snowfalls and they haven’t lasted for long.  I thought that many of our ways for youth this month would have included skiing, sledding, and other typical winter activities, but was proven otherwise.  Most of what we did this month consisted of using the resources available to us.  We started out the first weekend of the month using scooters to travel up and down the halls in the church.  I didn’t realize that going up and down the halls on a scooter would take so much energy, and I did a typical wipeout on one lap because I was trying to get the wheels off the ground for a split second.  I got them off the ground long enough to touch the ground myself with my shoulder, Whitney got to experience my embarrassing feat. 

            Since the weather had been so atypical I planned for the youth to go on a zip line in Sophia, a town south of Beckley.  The zip line is a half mile long with a 300 foot descent.  God’s sense of humor shined through that day because I reserved probably the coldest day of the month to do this.  But, we loaded up the van and headed to our destination, each bundled with plenty of clothing to try and keep us warm on our quick ride.  When we arrived, the instructors geared us up and gave us a quick overview of what we would be doing and what to expect.  The instructors drove us to the top of the hill where the starting platform was.  I was with the first group that was dropped off, so we waited as the truck went to get the second group.  One of the teens admitted that he was very fearful of heights.  He almost backed out, but several of the other teens convinced him to take the leap.  I admitted to him that my biggest fear is heights, so I told him that if I could do it he could too. When it was time for me to conquer my fear, I took a deep breath, quickly looked at the line I was going to attach myself to and hung on for dear life.  Halfway through I began to feel at ease and enjoyed the ride.  It’s hard to take a leap into something when you don’t know if you’ll make it through or not, but when you take that leap and make it to the end, you are glad you did it.  Everyone seemed to enjoy their ride, we all had a good time and we seemed to entertain the instructors as well.  They said we were one of the funniest groups they had ever had. 

            Last Sunday, the teens decided to run a mile around the church.  They each took a few laps around until they totaled a mile together.  This weekend, the youth went to support other fellow youth in a wrestling competition that was held on Saturday.  After cheering them on, we decided to go on College Avenue in Bluefield and bounce basketballs for a mile.  We started at my house and bounced the balls to my husband and my shop in Bluefield.  That consisted of 1.3 miles.  We turned some heads, cars slowed down and people gawked.  I guess it was a bit odd to see several people bounce basketballs down the sidewalk. 

            This month was fun and I keep telling the youth that this is going to be an epic year.  January is only the beginning, there are many things ahead of us and I’m very excited for whatever is to come.

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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Youth

 

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Holler Wheelin’

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!

 
 

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A Challenging Journey

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.

 

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Travels

 

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