Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Every Epiphany weekend we have seen the Spirit of God powerfully moving in the hearts of the young men we refer to as stars. I would say that Epiphany 22 was no exception except I would add that in many ways it was truly exceptional. We could tell from early Friday (day 1) that this group was particularly responsive and cooperative. A staff member from Giddings state school commented to more than 1 team member that she just wanted to cry because she had never seen these young men in this light, behaving so well and letting down their guard that they feel they have to maintain to survive on the dorms. Many of these young men had made confessions of faith in Jesus prior to the weekend and were moved to renew their commitment to truly live out the Christian life. Many of them made first time confessions of faith, some of whom had no religious upbringing to draw upon. This group was generally more subdued than many before, but their responses were deeper and more thoughtful. They really listened and asked a lot of questions.
We also got to see how marvelously God anticipates our needs. We were notified on Sunday morning that our scheduled speaker would not be showing up. God knew that need before we did and had miraculously provided a replacement before we knew we needed one (that's a whole other story in itself).
For me personally there was a special added blessing. My brother, Rick, agreed to serve as the head of the outside kitchen team. This even though he had never been to an Epiphany weekend before. He worked tirelessly and passionately before and throughout the weekend and did a great job. It was a tremendous joy for me to have him there sharing in this ministry that is so close to our hearts.