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Rice & Beans January 18, 2011

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One of the things I love about being involved in ministry are the constant challenges it brings.  In the process of teaching high school students things like, “What is Christianity?”, “Why Christianity?”, and this semester, “What do Christians do?”, we’re forced to really examine what our life is centered around.  One of the things Jesus talked about all the time was caring for the least of these (as in, the least in the world’s eyes, but Jesus also said the last will be first which is another thing worthy of meditating on).  In order to care, we must be able to relate somehow, so a few weeks ago at youth group we had rice and beans for dinner and we talked about the state of hunger around the world.  Here are a couple of pictures that we showed the group:

These pictures illustrate what each family eats in a week.  It’s a bit of a punch in the stomach to look at isn’t it?

These pictures got me thinking about my own state of eating.  I’m kind of a food snob.  I really love to cook, and I love/want what I eat to taste good – and not just good, but really good.  This can get really complicated when I get tired of certain meals and we wind up with a new recipe for dinner every night.  Now this is an ok thing (tiring but ok), until I get to the point that I feel entitled to food that tastes great and is new & exciting, which happens all the time.  SO in an effort to work on my attitude (read: my – Caleb’s not quite so picky), we’re trying to only make and eat five-ingredient meals for the time being.  These can still taste good, but it’s a reminder that I don’t need an entire picture full of food, to be thankful for a few really good ingredients, and realize that quality and quantity aren’t the same thing.  I’ll let you know when we have some favorites!

 

A Boy and His Daddy

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I love them.

 

In the words of my son, “YA YA YA YA YA YAYA BOB” January 17, 2011

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Sometimes trying to articulate what we do with Coldwater feels like trying to decipher Corban-speak.  Being a part of a new ministry, in so many ways, is a huge blessing.  We get to see God work out His will on a daily basis.  It also brings its challenges.  Without a long history of individuals in whose footsteps to walk, we are left leaving our own footprints, blazing our own trails (no wilderness puns intended), making our own mistakes.  One of the things we have struggled with is how to describe the connection between what we do with Coldwater and the youth group.

Coldwater trains its wilderness instructors in experiential education, and it’s this model of teaching that we  also use with the youth group.  We are still in the process of learning how to translate this type of teaching from its setting in the wilderness to its setting in our church’s basement.  One way we do this is through the use of initiatives – structured, game-like activities with a very specific purpose.

On Wednesday night we put together an initiative that went really well.  Our goal was to get the students to think outside of themselves.  In order to do this, we wrote verses on 6 different puzzles in 6 different colors and then hid the pieces throughout the basement.  We broke the group up into 6 teams and told them they needed, as a team, to find all of the pieces and be the team to tell us what the verses said.  They automatically assumed it was a competition – they started stealing and re-hiding the other group’s puzzle pieces immediately.

Some groups got really frustrated, and it was interesting to see other groups begin to help each other after initially being so oriented towards their own success.  What they eventually figured out was that they couldn’t complete the activity without fitting every puzzle together:

 

Because of the initial piece stealing, two of the puzzles were left with a piece missing.

 

When read together, the puzzles revealed Philippians 2:1-4:

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

When they finally got it all together, and one of the students read it aloud, there was a heaviness in the room – a sort of “ohhhh, we get it.” So good!