The Summer That Almost Killed Me

Posted by jon on July 21, 2010 in not so deep thoughts |

It all happened so fast! I’m not really sure where I am any more. This summer has been crazy. I don’t really know of any way we could have done it differently but I know we won’t do it again. Sitting down to schedule everything I knew it would be a lot but the last two months have run by in a blur.

We started our summer as soon as school was out. Tiff and I took Cee to Disney for the time. It was a truly amazing trip. We also went to Sea World while we were down there but Cee is still talking about meeting Belle, Cinderella, and Ariel. When we got back we took AMP on the best Six Flags trip EVER! Most Atlanta schools weren’t out so we rode everything in the park and never waited more than 5 or so minutes in any line. It was a unique experience to almost have the park to ourselves. Then things got serious.

The following week was vacation Bible school (three words that cause me to wake up in a cold sweat at night). VBS was a hit and while the kids enjoyed their time at Saddle Ridge Ranch I took our middle school aside for a special week together (the 1st appearance of “Unhindered” this summer). After the dust settled on the ranch we all had earned a nice little break. We spent the weekend with my parents so Cee could get a little Grandma & Poppa time, and because my folks were going to dog-sit for during the next leg of our journey. And as soon as our weekend ended we left to go to Centrifuge for a week.

Now you won’t hear me complain about FUGE. I am one of the biggest FUGE shills you’ll find anywhere (to prevent confusion of unnecessary trips to dictionary.com, a shill is someone who promotes an event or product). Our trip to FUGE did not disappoint. We saw God work in the lives of our students, and we couldn’t have had more fun! A wrote earlier about camp, and how is it a special place and this couldn’t have been truer about our week at FUGE. It was so great to get away from everything and just be surrounded by God’s beauty.

Upon our return it was here! Five glorious day of nothing. Bask in it…since we all know youth pastor don’t do anything.

The next week included a combo trip to White Water and to see the Braves play, several movies and a couple trips to eat with various combinations of students. It was a lot of fun but was a lot of running around. Then we get to Fusion. Fusion is a basketball my AMP students host for elementary kids. We had a great week with the kids and after the kid left at lunch each day we went out to Morgan elementary to work. We repainted part of the play ground and area around it. It came out really good and I’m proud of the effort my students gave in some extremely hot weather.

Finally we wrapped up our summer travels with a trip to Birmingham, AL for World Changers. World Changers is a great opportunity for students to share the gospel by serving the needs of people in a community (I’m pretty sure that the gospel is more effectively shared without words than with but that’s a different blog post).World Changers was the second appearance of the Unhindered theme. Our study the week of VBS was based on World Changers’ pre-project material. World Changers was a great experience for all of us but I particularly enjoyed my time (I’ll visit this in more detail later).

Now as I stand on the backend of a jammed summer I am proud of all we did. Through the work and the play I know that it was all for God’s glory and I and my students were drawn closer to the Lord. We’re now preparing for the fall. Over the next several weeks AMP will see Candy Night, an AMP Costume Party, and my personal favorite MESSY DAY!!! All this leading up to an August 11 Kick-Off party.

It was a crazy summer and it will be an awesome new school year. I can’t wait to welcome in all the new students to AMP. First thing you need to learn is that God is Everywhere!

1 Comment

  • Melissa Stevens says:

    Don’t just do something, sit there!!! Sounds like your students keep you as busy as ours keep us. Tiring, but certainly worth the effort when you see God working in their lives and yours.

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