Youth Haven – Week #1

The first group of Ranchers have returned home, and today a second group went to Picacho for a week of camp at Youth Haven. During the trip home, we had supplies in the van so campers could write a personal thank you note to the camp staff.  One boy who has been attending camp at…

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From the Blogosphere

Here are some thoughts about urban poverty from a country-dweller-turned-city-gal.  She and her family answered God’s call to go to the city. Here is a youth leader’s perspective from her week in Phoenix helping with VBS.

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Hospitality in the Heat

It is amazing how quiet it is now that the youth group has gone home to Iowa, and VBS is over.  We had originally scheduled two weeks of VBS, back-to-back, but when the youth group for the second week didn’t have a sufficient amount of volunteers, we decided to have only one week of VBS.…

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VBS: Camp Discovery (Day Five)

The final evening of VBS was one of excitement and disappointment.  Excitement = singing enthusiastically, playing kick ball, eating snacks, listening to a drama about how Jesus can take our load of sin, learning about Zacchaeus, making bracelets and necklaces, and reciting another memory verse! Disappointment = saying good-bye to many new friends, knowing that you’ll soon be great…

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VBS: Camp Discovery (Day Four)

Yesterday evening, one of the Sunnyside youth leaders prayed something to the effect that God would enable them to “finish strong and give it their all.”  In the midst of a busy and full week, I know I have experienced the blessing of seeing the kids’ (and workers’) enthusiastic participation, night after night.    Finding…

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VBS: Camp Discovery (Day Three)

Despite our bus having a flat tire on Wednesday evening, VBS started early (praise the Lord that we could use the rental van!), and kids enjoyed some extra singing time.  After an object lesson about the Pepper family, groups headed out to the various stations. The group has been using the kitchen to prepare their meals, and…

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VBS: Camp Discovery (Day Two)

Close to 50 children came for the second evening of VBS and learned about Jesus healing a blind man.  One of the 1st graders wanted her photo taken with her craft project — front AND back sides! “Thank You, God, for being with me and for this.” Matthew has done a great job with teaching…

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VBS: Camp Discovery (Day One)

The heat is here, and so is VBS time!  Our stage has been transformed into Camp Discovery, with a happy little campfire and a happy little sun.The Sunnyside Mennonite youth group flew here from Kalona, IA, arriving late Friday evening, to lead a week of Vacation Bible School and complete some other projects, too.  We (especially the…

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