What do you do when a brewing tropical storm threatens your coast to coast day trip? IMPROVISE! This past Friday our high school students spent the day worshipping Jesus, bonding with one another, dodging thunder storms, and testing the limits of our smartphones during our annual "Sunup Sundown" trip. 16 of us loaded the bus before even the early bird woke up, to make it to Hobe Sound Beach for a time of prayer, Scripture, and worship as the sun peaked over the horizon. From there we hit the Jupiter Donut Factory to sample the region's finest sugary breakfast. Then it was back to the beach for some body surfing and sand sculpting. Next we headed south, and things really began to get interesting. After bussing through some of the seedier parts of Hollywood (thanks to our not-so-smartphone driving directions) we landed at the Native Village. This unique spot is home to a brood of venomous snakes, angry alligators, and certifiably insane humans. We had an amazing time learning how to discern and avoid snake bites, why it's better to snorkel than bob with alligators, and the benefits of using gator dens as housing when being chased by soldiers. As the day wore on, we began to play dodge-em with various thunderstorms. After scrapping our plans to make it to the west coast, we finished the day by playing kickball in the park and conquering giant appetizers and video games at Dave and Busters.
Our teens are flexible, fun, crazy, and love one another very well. It's a joy to get to spend time with them, and a joy to see people notice that there's something different about us as we're out. Continue to pray for us this summer as we seek various ways to bring in our teens unchurched friends, show them the love of Jesus, and share with them the hope of Jesus.