Unseen Audience

The Greenhouse Project: Preparing students of influence The Greenhouse Project: Preparing students of influence

 

These past two months I have been home in El Cajon, CA working on a number of writing projects. They are not as exciting as traveling the world training nationals to do youth work but they are a  powerful aspect of ministry for me.

One of the projects I invested time and energy into was writing a student study discussion guide that will accompany a new textbook coming out this summer for youth workers to train students for leadership roles. It was my privilege to write a chapter in that book on equipping students for cross cultural ministry entitled ?Making the World Smaller.? The study guide ended up being  close to a 50 page resource that summarizes the chapters of the book, gives the key points in an application format, and ends with discussion questions for youth leaders to use with their students. I will never meet or talk with those students but I know that this tool will touch many young lives nudging them to spiritual maturity and leadership roles in their youth groups.

Another writing opportunity that has filled many hours, many late nights and into early morning hours has been the Vacation Bible School youth curriculum that I have been writing for Summer 2010 for Regular Baptist Press. This involves inductive Bible study of assigned passages,  designing lessons with many activities for  actively learning processes. RBP is one of the standard bearers of quality, scripture rich VBS curriculums in the US. They have over 14,000 customers which means that God could use this to bring many teens to faith and others to maturity all over the nation. Again I don?t know who buys the materials,. I will probably never talk face-to-face with one teacher or student that study these lessons about Diving for God?s Treasure. That?s OK with me because I know the value of educationally sound and biblically anchored teaching materials that emphasize active learners and changed lives. Give praise with me for these doors of influence for God!

 

 
Well watered desert CA Well watered desert CA

 My youth group goes every May to the Colorado River near Blythe, CA. The trip is affectionately called the Fryathon because the temperatures can get up to 120?s. This year we had wind and moderate temperatures?thank you Lord! I love this time to build relationships with teens.


 

 
Not watered desert Not watered desert

 I was reminded while driving home what a huge difference water makes... Both of these pictures were taken in the desert. One has watering system and the other does not. Just like the word of God and its ability to hydrate us spiritually and keep us green and growing productively. Are you staying hydrated?