Friday, May 02, 2008

The Ramp

Last weekend Brandon and I got to lead our first trip as the youth pastors at RWOC. Brandon was asked to take the position in February and has hit the ground running. God has been downloading so much into him concerning vision, planning, and implementation, that it has been quite the adventure just to be his wife alongside! We've truly enjoyed our time so far getting to know some of the kids and leaders, but it has been so busy in the transition period that it's been hard to go deep with anyone just yet.

That changed this weekend.

I was really looking forward to this weekend for a number of reasons:

1) I had never been to the Ramp and everyone who has been has not stopped raving about the awesome presence of God that they experienced.

2) I wanted to get some quality and quantity time with a few of the girls so I could begin developing real relationships with them. It's hard to do that on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings before, during and after services. I meet so many new people in one night that if I remember a name the next week, it's an act of God!

3) I was looking forward, though with a little trepidation, to leaving Ella with her grandparents and getting time away from Mommy responsibilities for a couple of days. This was going to be the first time I spent the night away from her in a non-emergency situation (when my mom was in ICU in Charleston, my wonderful mentor and her husband took ella for a night while we stayed at the hospital).

On all three areas, I was not disappointed.

I met with God in a way that I haven't done in a LOOOOONG time. It was so wonderful to be in His presence, wrapped up in His arms, and hungry for more of Him. I also had a chance to lead by example as the kids were able to see me and Brandon go after God right alongside them. We committed to being fully engaged with all that was going on instead of sitting in the adult section and checking out....there was too much to take away to do that! And, though I missed my baby girl terribly around Saturday afternoon (we left her on Thursday afternoon in Hendersonville), I have to say that I was successful in not being the on-the-phone-constantly-checking-in-overbearing mom, AND...her grandparents took excellent care of her in my absence. No surprise there.

This is part of the crew. The others were out and about when I took this. The kids were so fun to be around. We had the most diverse group there, I think, and it was amazing to see how mature these guys and gals were and how they all got along so well.

1 comment:

Huckaby Fam said...

I can't wait to hear more about the youth ministry! I know those kids are so blessed to be connecting with you guys.