WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN LEARNING AND DOING!
RISE always starts out with a meal! You notice we like to share it in a family-style setting and you will also notice not a single phone in sight! Please try not to pass out from shock :)
WHAT HAVE WE BEEN LEARNING?
What is our purpose as followers of Jesus? For as long as I can remember the focus of almost all youth ministry has been trying to get kids to know Jesus and then getting them into Church. These are both important parts of the journey of any disciple, but what happens after both these boxes are checked?
At RISE we have been talking about what is the next step. Many students have busy lives. School, Sports, Band, Social Life, Work, the list goes on and on. This has led many to find it difficult to see where they can “fit in” mission work for Jesus. What if the opportunity for mission was right in front of them every day and they didn’t have to worry about fitting it in.
In Austin, Texas there were 2 college students that decided they wanted to reach international students for Jesus. Rather than raise thousands of dollars to travel overseas for a couple weeks at a time, they realized they could reach other countries by simply connecting with the international students at their college. They began using their classes, apartments, relationships as opportunities for Mission. The result has been incredible!
We shared this story with our students at RISE as an encouragement and challenge that they could do the very same thing. Maybe they aren’t working with International students, but they certainly know friends or other students who need the love and message of Jesus. So rather than worrying about how they will fit that time in, we challenged them to look for the opportunities for mission that are already in their normal schedule. What would it look like if we were all more intentional with our time?
Most students in RISE have already identified people who need Jesus and are making disciples! They are forming “missional” teams and reaching their local student bodies every day. It has been so encouraging to see so much growth in our high school students!
NAVS IS OUR WEEKLY GATHERING OF STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-9!
WHAT HAVE STUDENTS BEEN LEARNING AT NAVS?
Each week at NAVS we have been working through a story from the Old Testament and the New Testament to show how they not only connect, but also apply to the lives of students today. This past week our Old Testament Story was from Judges. In Judges, God chooses Gideon to lead the Israelites against their enemies. Gideon was one of the least qualified men for the job in all of Israel yet God still chose him. In the New Testament, Jesus is chooses a tax-collector named Levi to be one of his disciples. Levi was also considered to be a strange and unqualified choice. It is amazing to see the people who God chooses to raise up and lead. Imagine if we woke up everyday seeing ourselves chosen by God to do great things! We encouraged and challenged our students to look at themselves and others this way. This would change not only the way we look at life, but the people we surround ourselves with. Suddenly, not being invited to something or being picked for a team doesn’t seem like such a big deal when you realize what we were chosen by Jesus to do!
FUTSAL ACADEMY CLASS OF 2019
This past week concluded our 2019 Futsal (indoor soccer) Academy Class! We had a great season of helping local players develop their skills and character and were able to raise over $1500 towards our Scholarship Fund, which helps make sure any student can be involved in any of our summer camps, trips or programs!