A few reasons why the youth group trip went well…

Yes, I am back from the youth group trip, alive, and after two long nights of sleep (12 and 10 hours, thank you, Erik!), I’m fired up for VBS (in 1 hour).

It was a good trip. So, here’s some of the stuff that went well:

  1. Awesome kids, awesome leaders, number one reason it was great.
  2. Who knew eastern Ohio was so beautiful? Hilly, little farms, rivers. I was having flashbacks to growing up in NY.
  3. I made the youth leaders take an afternoon/evening off, on recommendation of Bart (my fellow associate). Some were skeptical, but one of the skeptics told me later it was a good thing. really truly, you need to take time for yourself if you are spending a week taking care of 40 teenagers. Even if they are great.
  4. I made myself take an early morning run 4 mornings. It was worth it to get up at 5:00am, 4:00am central time, just to be alone with my legs, a few sermons on iPod, and God’s good green earth.
  5. Epworth Center was FABULOUS. I would highly highly highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a summer mission trip. Even our bus driver wanted to bring back information for his church.
  6. Speaking of our bus driver, he was fabulous, too. First off, he was amazing at getting the bus into some very odd, hilly, little back-hills places. But, even better, he actually started dressing down so that he could help on the worksites! We loved him.
  7. And, who knew longhorn cattle could be as much fun as whitewater rafting, water parks, malls, or roller coasters? On our day off, we chose a tour of a longhorn cattle ranch over all those other things and it was so very riotously fun.
  8. And, last but not least, no hospital visits. None. Whew.

2 Responses to “A few reasons why the youth group trip went well…”

  1. ms rev or not Says:

    i’m glad things went so well. yeah!
    and mission trip and vbs back to back? ouch.

  2. Katherine Says:

    Oh, I miss the heartland. I’m from Northeastern Ohio, and there’s just nothing like that region. Mmm.

    Hope VBS is going well!