One weekend this summer we took our youth girls on a 24 hour retreat called Girl Talk. The guys do a similar retreat elsewhere they call Real Talk. It was an amazing weekend of retreat from the noise of our world and a wonderful opportunity to hear from God with thirty other youth and college-aged girls. The powerful teaching was brought by several of our staff and intern girls sharing simple yet profound truths about Jesus. I was so grateful for God’s grace and nearness as He came and met with us. It was encouraging to see girls responding to God’s Word and pondering it in their hearts. Please pray that the seeds planted in the hearts of each and every girl would take root in good soil and spring up with much fruit. Pray girls would run into the light to have their sin exposed and would believe all of the promises of Jesus are true. Pray girls would look to the cross to see the love of God for them. And please pray that the hope of Jesus’ return would be each girl’s great joy rather than their great dread.
“Project 61 is the best week of the year!” This is a statement made by Sam Blankenship, and I totally agree with it. “I wish every week was Project 61!” This is another statement made by Sam Blankenship, and I can’t say that I totally agree with it. (I’m not actually sure if Sam said both or either of these things, but I think I heard someone say them and Sam seems like a possibility) P61 is the funnest and craziest week of the year, but I’m glad it’s not every week because I can only take so much fun and crazy! Playing sports and having fun with the kids at the sports clinic is always great, but I also really enjoyed the balloon volleyball game that we played at the youth camp and, as usual, running around in the fire truck waterfall at Comanche! Besides being really really fun, P61 is the best week of the year because of the ways that we were able to witness God’s power and sovereignty. Derrick Cox, the pastor that delivered the messages every night, told us that God won’t give us a life that makes Him unnecessary. This was especially true for us before and during Project 61; we definitely could not have ran a successful P61 without Him. We provide transportation to and from the sports clinic for most of the kids and the day before the sports clinic began we didn’t have the means to do that! Long story short, God gave us a bus, just in time, for free. God showed us His power and how reliant we are upon Him by waiting until the last minute to answer our prayers and provide transportation for all the kids in a way that He alone received all the glory. Another way that we saw God work was in the weather. The first day at the sports clinic was really hot, and sometimes it was tough to get the kids to stay focused and have a good attitude. After the sports clinic that morning we prayed for better weather, and even though the forecast for Wednesday was even hotter than Tuesday, God blessed us with a continual breeze all morning and everyone had a great time outside. Recap: P61 was fun, crazy, and we witnessed God’s power. Best week ever!