Once again joining Jen @ Conversion Diary, I’m going to get right to it today since I still have to pack, find my study questions, re-read them, and cross-reference the scripture that goes with them before I head off to my weekend of leading the eight grade girls in discipleship…Disciple Now (the retreat I’ve been telling you about) begins tonight at 5 P.M…..allow me to use up some of my takes telling you all about it……again.
1.) The theme for the weekend is “One Louder”, referring to Paul’s challenge to not be ashamed ofthe life-changing gospel in today’s world. This is pretty exciting…..eighth grade is that weird year where you want desperately to fit in, and sometimes, unfortunately, you’ll try to change yourself to do that….I want these girls to know that they have nothing to be ashamed of, and that they are perfect just as they are! I am so looking forward to leading their discussions, and seeing what God does for them this weekend!
2.) The verse that we are focusing on for the weekend is Romans 1:16
“16 I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…”
This is a wonderful passage, and one that I hope will inspire these kids this week to live their lives for God no matter what society may say about them!
3.) Along with worship services, small group time, and service projects….we do get to have some activity time as a large group; this year it is ice skating. I am 20 years old, born and raised in Michigan, and NEVER, not a day in my life, have I ever been ice skating….your prayers are appreciated!
4.) I had the opportunity to go to three Disciple Now’s as a student, and had some wonderful experiences with my friends. It was always great to spend the weekend living with sometimes twenty other girls, and just being able to share how God was working in our lives, and talking freely about what was happening. Worshiping alongside your best friends, and acting like fools playing your typical “youth group” games! I am so excited to be on the other side now as a leader….watching someone else look like a fool playing the games, and leading those discussions.
5.) The service project is one of my favorite things to do on retreat…I have no idea what it will be, but I’m game for anything and I can’t wait! We are called to be Jesus’ hands and feet, and what better way than to go out and serve in your community!
6.) So, that whole 5 take lead in brings me to this….take #7
7.) I would like to ask you to please pray! We have filled slots for 43 hours of prayer for this weekend! From the time we start tonight, ’till the time we finish on Sunday afternoon we will be covered in the prayers of our church family! I ask that sometime in those 43 hours, you remember us, and you say a prayer. It doesn’t have to be anything specific, it doesn’t have to be a whole hour….just pray that God opens our hearts, and prepares us for the work that he can do in us this weekend! Please join me in praying:
- for the 85 students (grades 7-12) that will be participating.
- For the 24+ College students that are small group leaders
- the 12 families that have opened their homes to us this weekend
- the hands that prepare our meals
- the band that will lead us in worship
- that hearts will be opened
- that healing will take place
- that love will come where there is none
- that HIS light will shine in the darkness
- that we will be ONE LOUDER!
I know I said it doesn’t have to be specific, and then added this list….it still doesn’t need to be specific. Just knowing that we are covered in prayer for the weekend is a wonderful feeling! I will try to keep you updated as much as possible throughout the weekend…and if I’m not able to do that, I will do one big “Disciple Now Recap Post” on Monday.
Until then, thank you for your prayers thanks for stopping by, and like always I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Let me leave you with this throwback picture….
Just an update as of 8 am this morning….we have one student and two leaders down for the count with the flu. Please pray for them, and the rest of us as we scramble to fill their shoes.