Sharing Our Lives at CIY's Believe Conference
On January 29th and 30th, I had the privilege of attending Christ In Youth’s Believe Conference in Louisville, KY, with 25 (yes, 25!) 6th-8th grade students and 8 brave leaders. Once we arrived, we had a blast hanging out together, jumping up and down with the worship band, and playing games around the convention center. I say “once we arrived” because it took us a little longer than we anticipated to get there. After taking numerous bathroom breaks and stopping for lunch, we finally arrived after 8 long hours of traveling. The ride may have been long, but I truly enjoyed getting to spend time with the energetic students…even when it got a little loud! The eighth grade boys even made a jingle about their beloved leader who was driving their van. It was truly an experience to behold, and I am so glad I got to witness the students make memories. We took their phones away for the weekend so the kids would be present, and even though they were not very happy about it in the beginning, the bond they were able to create with each other while they were unplugged was totally worth it.
In the midst of all the chaos of travel and the conference itself, I almost forgot to pause and thank the Lord for His provision in getting us to and from Johnson City safely, and to take time to learn from the speaker. After all, that was why we went; to learn from God and be used by God. One of the best parts of our time together was the time we spent listening to Pastor Jeff Walling. We learned about walking with Jesus and what it would really mean to walk in His light. He said that if we are not paying attention to what God’s truth is saying and using His light as a guide, we won’t be able to hear the truth for ourselves. The main goal of this conference was to get each student to realize that it’s not only important to read the Bible and hear God’s truth, but it’s even more important to hold onto that truth and know it, so we can then share what we know with others and be a light for God’s kingdom.
Overall, the trip was a big hit and even though it was sometimes challenging for me as a leader, God used each difficult moment to shape me into a better steward of Him. The Sunday after we got back some of the students sat in front of me during GFC’s service. I watched them as they took Communion together and bowed their heads to speak to God. In that moment, as tears filled my eyes, I was reminded of why we as leaders do this. It’s not just to go on trips and have fun, but to share moments of our lives with students in hopes that they know God’s love for them even more.
Student Ministry Intern
Posted on Thu, February 11, 2016
by Grace Fellowship Church