This past weekend I was the keynote speaker for a Junior and Senior High Winter Retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana. I thought that I would simply go up there, speak to the kids, and come home, un-phased. But I’m pretty sure that I got more out of it than anyone else there. (Stay tuned for more details in upcoming blogs.)
Most prominent in my mind is that there are some pretty awesome Brethrens out there:
– Jeremy is the most musically passionate person I’ve ever met. He and his ADD entertained me most of the weekend.
–Chris quietly adores the kids in his youth group. (The admiration goes both ways.)
–John (my Faith Quest friend and blog encourager) is one of the most witty people I’ve ever met.
–Kim is John’s better half. Christ’s love radiates from her gentle spirit and constant smile.
-I didn’t get to spend much time with Erika because she was in charge of the weekend. I was most impressed that she remained cool, calm, and collected, even when 6 inches of snow thwarted some of our plans.
–Ryan is an extroverted, zany youth pastor. Sarcasm exudes him.
– I loved Caleb’s crazy phrases. My favorite: “How about them apples? There you go. There’s a little fun fact for you. Take that home and chew on it. It’s delicious!”
–Nate is the most mature, insightful, God-fearing 26-year-old I know. He has the innate ability to read me insanely well.
Thanks, God, for introducing me to such cool new people who love You. Bless each of them and their incredible ministries.