By Suzanne Black
If you want to see faith in action, watch a bunch of middle school kids feel moved by the Holy Spirit. That’s what we did at the at this year’s District Mid-Winter Retreat. The kids were initially excited about zip lining, the mud pit, and all-you-can-eat food. But it’s what happened over the course of a weekend that’s so important.
Our middle schoolers learned what it means to “get off the boat.” During one of the services, they were invited to come forward to pray with ministers, youth directors, and adult volunteers who’d formed a circle around the room. I, sometimes the cynic, didn’t expect to see much. Boy was I surprised to see one of our youth be the first to step forward in front of hundreds of people. Within moments our youth circled around Taylor and formed another circle around Tim to speak from their hearts and ask for prayer.
I know it meant a lot to them, but it was quite an emotional and transformational moment for me, too. As I write, tears still well up knowing they are not afraid to live their faith. These kids are the future of our church and I believe we’ll be in good hands.