Sorry for the delay with day #3. It was a very late night for me last night which is usually a good thing. It means I and the rest of our team are up talking with students till hours I haven’t seen since college.
Day 3 was amazing! The morning session was all about encouraging students to guard their hearts. Specifically, in the way that culture tells them they have to look, dress, act, impress. Stuart Hall led us through a time of looking at what God’s word says about being a man or a woman vs. what culture says. Many students shared hurts and struggles they were experiencing in this area.
The night session is where it got real. We spent time in the book of James chapter 5. The challenge to the students was to quit looking to social media to be known as it’ll never be enough. While many students are quick to share their latest success or great achievements very few of us are willing to share where we struggle. James 5:16 says, So confess your sins to one another, that you may be healed. Ben Crawshaw then gave some great parameters for the students to look at when confessing to one another. First, look to someone older and wiser. Second, make sure that Jesus and a plan of accountability are central to the time. For nearly 2 hours after the session our students were in groups sharing their struggles with one another. Wish you could have seen it! We walked away from that session with the phrase, “Everyone doesn’t need to know but somebody has to know.” Namely God and a friend that can help us along….so that we can start the process of being healed.
Thanks for praying!