We ended 2015 with a YFC Camp style Christmas banquet awards night where leaders served dinner to dressed up students. We started 2016 with a Back to School Battle Ball soccer night where students slipped in less formal inflatables and played soccer at Pearce Community Center. What happened during the 3 weeks between those two events? Tons of appointments with teens at Track Inn, a favorite breakfast hangout with students in Chillicothe! We use these times to intentionally engage students in one-on-one settings to listen and point them toward God’s
Story whenever we can. It’s difficult to do that at big events like parties and Battle Ball soccer.
Another great thing about Christmas break is we get to catch up with many former students. We listened to many shared the struggles that come with the freedom to make decisions about their future, and the stress that accompanies it. For some, the stress came because making decisions that lined up with their faith cost them something. For others, the stress came as they met with leaders after making decisions that didn’t line up with past commitments.
They aren’t exactly adults, but they aren’t really children either. Campus Life doesn’t seem to stop, as graduates wrestle with life beyond high school. Who knows? As we look for areas of growth, we hope to expand into middle school soon. Please pray for the high school and college students as they return to campus, and for Campus Life as we begin another semester. We won’t ever give up on students because God hasn’t given up on us!