It has been a busy almost 24 hours since we have arrived here in SC. There are over 600 teenagers and interns/volunteers/staff here this week to grow in their relationship with God (or to begin that relationship). Last night, the speaker gave a very clear presentation of the best news of all time and we have already had some students respond by placing their faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Woohoo, praise God!!!!!! This week we have the privilege of having the band Tenth Avenue North lead us in worship through music. They have already been a blessing to myself and to students. One of my girls was explaining last night that one of the songs really helped her connect with and experience God. It was so cool to hear!
I have a few more girls in my Chat Room than I thought I would, but I am so glad to have them all. You can be praying for Lindsey, Susan, Kayla, Alison, Rachel, Maggie, and Kara. I was so glad that during our first Chat Room they were really honest about where they feel like they are at spiritually coming into this conference. On a scale of 0 (being "I don't care about God") to 5 ("could be better, could be worse") to 10 ("Godisthebestthingever, Ilovehim,Ilovehim,Ilovehim!"), the lowest was 2.5 and the highest was a 7 or 8, and everyone else was in between. That may seem like a wide range to handle, but what I really like is that they all came to grow spiritually. Their passion for change overflowed in their answers to my questions - they are all SO hungry for more of God. IT JUST EXCITES ME! Pray for me as I challenge these girls to grow in their faith and lead them to know what steps to take next. I sometimes find myself surprised that they do not know, to me, what seems so elementary as far as a relationship with God goes; but it brings me back to the reality that they are still young spiritually, which is great! (We were all babies at one point, right?) I am excited that I get to reveal more of Jesus' love and redemption with these girls.