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S’boro 1st Jr-hi Retreat (part ii)

I had a great time last weekend with Statesboro FUMC’s jr-hi group. Their retreat to Awanita Valley was terrific, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to spend the time with them. Here’s the recap…

We had a pretty brutal marshmallow war. Several of us thought we’d die from the Hummer ride to the top of the mountain; twelve or fifteen people pile in the back of a Hummer, and one of the local crazies races up a narrow, gravel mountain road while everyone in back white-knuckles it for their lives, flying in the air as you bound over dips in the road. Crazy! Many decided to jump in ‘Mud Creek Hole’. I opted out of this one because it was so cold. I’m a wimp. But it looked pretty wild down in there. We also spent time in the weekend talking about turning on our radar to see God around us. We talked a bit about how discipleship happens best within the context of Christian community, and what discipleship is, looks like, happens, etc. All weekend, each of us was encouraged to take our next step, whatever that was for where we are in the journey; to move forward.

Pop Quiz
Q: What happens when you put regular unleaded gasoline in a bus that runs on diesel fuel?
A: Apparently, you get to wait around for four hours while the fire department drains the gas tank. (or else other REALLY bad stuff happens)

S’boro’s fearless leader Gordon happened to make this oversight while fueling up on our return trip. He did realize what he’d done before cranking the engine, but not before pumping forty-three gallons of gas. There was a terrific church just across the street from the gas station that graciously opened their youth room to our group while we waited for the situation to be remedied. By the way, they had a PS2.

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