Thursday, January 13, 2011

60 Days of Beauty: Day 44 - Bigger Than Self

I love Wednesdays.  It's game day on so many levels with Student Ministries.  Last night was a special one as it was Week 2 of laying out vision for our focus on Teens In Crisis and Human Trafficking through the rest of the school year. 

Last week was about prayer.  Geoff reported to us that as of last night that 313 5th-12th Grade students and leaders have committed to a day (many committed to 2 days) to to take time to pray each week for Teens or Trafficking.  Something amazingly beautiful is already coming out of this as I talk with students about their first week of commitment.

Last night, we laid out 3 steps of action we are taking to raise awareness and financial support for the issues.
Blue Cups are an opportunity for students to give out of their own pockets toward either issue.
The Dodgeball Tournament will involve NMC and other Youth Groups playing dodgeball to raise funds and awareness for Teens in Crisis.
Enslave Me is an innovative experience where students will choose to be put up for sale for a days work.  They will be getting a glimpse of what it is like to be a modern day slave while raising money to go to Christian ministries working to end human trafficking.
I'll tell more about these events in later posts.  Last night's beautiful moment was at the close of the night.  As we split out, students spread the room in response to sign up and commit to take part in these activities. I firmly believe the world will be different because of what our students are doing over the next 5 months.

They are choosing to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and that is a beautiful thing.

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