Thursday, February 24, 2005

"Gelao" is Greek for laughter!

Well, this is my first post! I'd better make it good, huh?!
The teens in my youth group always have fun reminiscing about the crazy stuff that has happened, so I figured I better start writing it down! I'll try to post about stuff past and present, so feel free to read up and chuckle with me!
Last weekend, we participated in the 30 Hour Famine. It's a time where you fast for 30 hours to raise money for those who don't have food. About six kids decided to participate, and they did awesome! We only had juice and water from noon on Friday til 6 p.m. on Saturday night. I wish I had known what Friday night had in store...
I had decided to make Friday night a time of reflection...a time to get closer to God. In fact, our theme was "Hungry for God." I decided the teens and I would go through a prayer labyrinth of sorts. So I found some good ideas elsewhere, threw in one or two originals, and transformed our basement into a "Holy of Holies."
It was awesome! I had like 8 different stations where the kids would reflect on their personal lives, their faith, God, His power, their place in the Church, etc. I had bought like 100 tealight candles to help with the reflective mood. I put about 15 at each "station" on paper plates.
We were about 45 minutes into it when one of my boys (a big football player) starts flailing around on the floor! My first thought was, "Great! He's having a seizure!"
Then I noticed the sparks coming from the bottom of his pants! He had sat too close to the tealights and caught himself on fire!
Well, we put it out with only a few singed leg hairs. The only problem was he was left with a HUGE (almost two inches in diameter) hole in his new pair of jeans!
Anyways, if you ever work with fire, do the "safety talk" and have a fire extinguisher nearby! Oh, by the way, I'm lucky because his mom hasn't called me yet!

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