Another graduation ceremony is upon us. Young adults move from “young” to “adults” with a flip of a tassel – or so we say. In reality, some of them were adults long before there was a ceremony to prove it. Others will remain childish for years to come.
For 6 years, Crystal and I worked heavily in the youth ministry at Liberty Baptist. We saw the transformation from young to adult. We spent many hours with teens around the church, our kitchen table, a campfire, or a ball field. I taught a lot of lessons, and I think a few of them were actually helpful. So, a couple years ago I decided to write out lessons that I was trying to teach the teens without actually giving a lecture. The result was this short series. It includes lessons entitled:
Protect the face
Eat the hotdog
Read that verse out loud
Girls can go first
Let’s sing that first verse again
So, if you ever sat in on a youth group lesson, suffered through a manathon, or choked down a burnt hotdog on one of our camping trips, this book may answer some questions. Or, at least it will give some background material for any therapy you may need in the future.
If you never had the “privilege” of participating in any of those, you can still read it. It should at least make you thankful that you didn’t have to learn these lessons the hard way.
We traveled with a group from Liberty Baptist to the Dominican Republic on July 25-Aug 4. There were ten of us total and our goal was to Serve and Learn in the church. We were able to visit Pastor Ramon Castro in La Romana and see the ministries of the local church.
For some of the team this was their first time out of the country, so we are very thankful we came back with them all! Tanzen was a great traveler for this trip and she seems to connect with nearly everyone! We thank God for the teens who both were responsible and easy to lead.
This year the theme of our Summer Teen Camping Trip was “National Treasure 3: Gold Rush.” For our time in Scripture we focused on Seeking the Greatest Treasure from Hebrews 2 and 11-12. It was a great camp with plenty of memories, lots of fun, and enough smoke in the eyes to make one nostalgic. In their free time the volleyball court was in constant use.
The team who found the treasure! Our Group The (in)famous Blaser and Grotzke Pancakes and Sausages.
Every year Liberty Baptist hosts a soccer camp as an outreach into the community. This year we had a great group of kids and an excellent group of workers. We generally have around 60 workers from Liberty each day. One of the teams Learning verses The GroupThe Coaches
In February a group of young men from Liberty Baptist braved the icy journey and sub-zero temperatures for our annual winter manathon. For more about the concept of “The Manathon” you can look at these posts.
Where we went: Wells Lake in Faribault
What we did:
Dug snow shelters
Camped out in the snow
Cooked over campfire
Explored new terrain
What we focused on: A true man…
Grows up- Luke 2:40,52
Steps up – Luke 3:23
Stands up – Luke 4:1-13
Looks up – Luke 5:15-16
Some of the pictures:
Digging the snow caves
Eating Bar S Franks around the fire
The Sub Zero morning
Cheesy Squirrel Stew
Collapsing the Snow Caves
Uncle Ron guiding us across the lake
Me: “Hey everyone, put your hands over your head for the next picture.” Everyone does and I push them over when the pictures is taken. Priceless.
Next time you have the opportunity to camp out in the snow, remember the words of the world record holder for consecutive bee stings, Jim “Buzz” Smith, “It’ll [be] swell.”