I have been a student small group leader at my church for many years now. I took last year off to focus on family, but back again loving these young people.
Andrea and I disciple seven or eight 11th and 12th grade girls. This night we wanted to just hang out, eat and have some fun together. Andrea provided the food and I was in charge of…..the craft! (Of course.)
The girls arrived chattering away like good young girls should. We talked about how everyone’s Christmas was and how the college application process is going. We’ve got a very smart and talented group of young ladies, but most importantly, they are kind and love with big hearts. Unlike many high school girls, there isn’t any drama among themselves. Luckily for me, I’ve been with most of these girls since seventh grade, so I’ve seen how much they’ve matured.
After a delicious meal and tasting different chocolates, we poured ourselves some hot cider and started crafting bracelets. The girls picked out their colors and I began to teach them how to make their wrap bracelets.
After a few rounds we changed things up a bit by adding that you had to say a different number over and over as you are rolling a different number, or stacking the dice as you went, or even having to use your non-dominant hand. These girls are tough!
Many wonder how I can stand to be around teenagers so much. I love them! We all know the problems teens face today…drugs, sex, peer pressure, college, jobs. I guess I feel like if I can scatter just a few seeds of joy, encouragement and guidance onto this fertile ground, I’ve done my part.
Thanks for dropping by,