It’s always fun to get ready for something exciting like a party or going on a trip. I usually find myself making countless lists of things to do. I love working through the list and crossing things off that I’ve completed. In some cases, I think of things I need to do that aren’t on the list and do them. Then I add them to the list just so I can cross them off. The real part of building up the excitement for the actual event is the preparations I make prior to the event.
Anyone who has ever worked with teenagers knows that leaders have varying degrees of success in working with them. Some leaders seem to have a “magic touch.” Their teens get along with each other, pay attention, behave, and have fun.
Then, on the other hand, we’ve all seen leaders who receive the opposite reaction. They seem to have the teenagers who are running around the halls screaming at the top of their lungs, who sneak out of cabins at night, and who just simply can’t sit quietly during a meeting.
When the first week of March rolls around I often reflect on the Week of Prayer for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®. When I was a boy it was called the Week of Prayer for Home Missions, but the intent was the same. This is a time for Southern Baptist churches to focus on the needs of missions closer to home—in this case, North America.
I just love hanging out with teenage girls. There’s something about the laughing, talking, and conversations between us girls that just does my heart good.
This past weekend I had the privilege to participate in the LifeWay Girls Ministry Conference. More than 400 teenage girls and their leaders joined together to worship God and learn more about His will in their lives. Girls also had the opportunity to attend breakout conferences and just hang out together.
A question I’m often asked about the transition of RA® and Challengers® to national WMU® relates to what’s coming for Challengers. Up to this point, the material for Challengers has been mostly online, available as a download.