Hey yinz! I’d like to share a little bit from our time in New Tripoli, PA. God had a thing or two for me to learn there.
We were going to New Life Evangelical Lutheran church. I was not super excited for a couple of reasons; first, I had heard tale that Lutheran churches were more liturgical. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I am not a huge fan of it personally. Second, we had to be involved in a “sleep-over” (a fancy way to say lock-in without saying lock-in). This means we had to stay up late, and then get up bright and early (and let me tell you, I am NOT a big fan of mornings). All these elements added up and left me not at all excited to play in the morning. However, God works in and through us when we least expect it.
After we got set up that evening, we joined the youth in games in the dark. We started with Sardines, and then played Zombie Tag. I then got to introduce a slightly modified version of Murder In the Dark (alternate names include Murder Murder, Body Body, etc.) This turned out to be a great way to get comfortable with the youth group.
The following morning, we got up bright and early and did our set. During the firs service, It was hard to keep a joyful attitude because it was early in the morning and the people weren’t as expressive of the joy they felt as we were used to. However, after the service, we were able to talk to them a After that, they had a time of learning where we hosted a Q&A time. The pastor came up and talked to us afterward and thanked us because he knew that some people needed to hear the answers we gave. Then we did the second service, which was much more responsive and were very glad we came. To top it all off, the pastor shared a very challenging and interesting message about the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. He talked about how the rich man thought he was rich because God had blessed him, but it ended up being Lazarus, the beggar at his door, that went to Heaven. The big point the pastor was talking about was that God has a tendency of choosing the losers over the winners. It was a very different way of looking at the parable and I really appreciated it.
I hope as y’all continue on in your life that you are encouraged from my lesson to keep a positive outlook on life. Also, remember that God works through tough situations to teach you the most. As we start wrapping up our tour, I hope y’all will pray with us that God will continue to work through us. Blessings!