I laughed so stinkin much.
The weather was beautiful.
I didn't have to go to walmart or the bank.
I got to spend time with students.
We also did a staff vs. campers battleball tournament. I reffed, but the staff totally held their own. We played "Lifeguard" with a twist in the rules that if you made a basket from the other side of the court, your whole team could stand back up. So one of the games, both lifeguards are out and there's about 10 students and 3 staffers still in the game. One of those crazy 9th graders throws the ball up and over and sinks that mess into the net. You should have heard the cheers erupt from those students. Their excitement, almost made losing worth it.
The next game, our staff kicked booty. There were 14 of us out there on the court, and they killed the bajillion campers they were playing against. It was so much fun to watch, and I think, despite being super tired, the whole staff had a great time.
Pray for us this week though... we are starting to get super tired. This last week was a double week... where we had one group of students leave saturday and a new group come sunday. We didnt have much time to recuperate in between. We need energy!
Worship tonight was another powerful night. Ryan's message was awesome and it was another incredible night of seeing students broken, and making decisions that will change their lives. As we sang "Hosanna" tonight, and we got to the second verse, I couldnt help but get excited at the words, "I see a generation rising up to take their place. With selfless faith. I see a near revival, stirring as we pray and seek, we're on our knees, we're on our knees." I prayed that over them, that week 3 might be that generation that changes the world. Ugh... this job is so convicting and so humbling! I had to go for a walk after we dismissed to church groups because I didnt want the people on my staff to see that Ryan's sermon and worship had pretty much ruined me. Where does a Fuge staffer escape to when they need to process, think, and regroup? There are people everywhere!
I feel like I've got a lot to think about right now, a lot of refocusing to do. It's hard to do that when you've got to be "on" 24/7. I'm looking forward to our 3 day weekend and some alone time this weekend.
THEN after worship, Bonsack Baptist from Roanoke, VA invited us to come upstairs to their church group devo room. We walk in and there are chairs set out for us and then 2 other chairs in the middle of the room. We sat in the chairs wondering what was going on. Their youth minister told us that we had been a blessing to their group (of about 70 students) and that they wanted to bless us. Then they took us 2 at a time, washed our hands and washed our feet and prayed over us. Their church group is big enough that each of our six Bible study leaders had their own group of students pray over them specifically. Oh man. We were all crying like babies I was crying because one, it was a blessing to be ministered to like that, but also because I was so happy that our bible study leaders (who are all 1st year staffers) got to experience that. It was beautiful to see and it made me proud of their hardwork. Students, adults, and staff were all crying. It was another one of those camp moments that I'll never forget.
Today was awesome. As I watched students ministering to our staff, I turned to the person sitting next to me and whispered, "Can you believe we get paid for this stuff??" I'm humbled that He's given me this opportunity. I love my job.
I think this is the round I made them yell, "Cowabunga dude!"
I'm obviously not so sure about his game face.
The 7th grade girls were afraid.