I can not tell you the joy I have working with the youth and seeing God grow in them and use them. 3 John verse 4 says, "I have no greater joy than to know my children are walking in truth." That is how I feel about these youth (and my children!). I can't share everything but I hope the pictures and stories testify for God's glory.
|For weeks now Josh will have a crowd around him saying verses they have memorized.|
|Sometimes they will line up at our house after school to say their verses|
Lydia also decided to memorize the verses and receive a new small Bible. She is such a blessing and challenges me. She saw and heard Josh memorizing full books of the Bible and was encouraged to do it herself. She began with 2 John then 3 John and 1 John. She is now finishing up James. So inspiring and awesome! People will say they can't do it but she will tell you you can. It takes work and time for everyone but it can be done. So proud of her and Josh. I know it challenges me and others to also be memorizing God's Word.
|We made a gaga ball pit that gets used daily not only for youth group.|
|Sac races was super funny!|
|Josh is teaching through the Bible. I know sounds like a lot for youth, but he gives a key word for every book and teaches the theme of each book. Each week we see how God is at work and His plan. I love learning with them.|
|I thank God for our youth group. Pray for the youth to continue to meet and grow in the Lord.|
|The beginning of September there was a youth conference at our church for all of UCFM (our church here and the other 6 churches). The theme was "By Faith" from Hebrews 11.|
|The youth from our church did a dance to "Lord I Lift Your Name on High". One of the ladies in our church requested that the youth do another dance to this song like they did at Easter time.|
|Josh taught at the conference.|
|He did a wonderful job adding object lessons and games so the youth got the message of faith in Heb. 11.|
Here they were doing a push up challenge to see who would endure to get the reward.
|The youth were encouraged to take time to confess what is hindering them from their race of faith (Heb. 12:1-2) and to submit themselves to faith in God. Throw off everything that entangles and whatever hinders you from living a life of faith.|
|Cooking for all the youth|
|Lydia and Grace putting their muscles to work!|