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Monday, April 2, 2012

Graduation from Church?

Statics show that 65% of high school graduates, also "graduate" from church (no longer attend).  Student/Youth Leaders, what are you doing to decrease this 65%?

Here are some ideas to help decrease this average:

1. Foundation. In Matthew 7:24 Jesus says, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." A students foundation must be in Jesus Christ.  He is our foundation.  Students need to be taught what this means and should be able to look to you (the student minister) for such an example.
2. Stay connected. In the small world we live in, thanks to the internet, we can stay connected.  It is not the same as seeing the students every Sunday and Wednesday, but being connected to former students allows you to continue to encourage and love.  Another way is to introduce students to former students who are already at the university who you know are willing to help the younger student make the transition.

3. Equipping Parents.  You aren't the only influence in these students lives, we must equip their parents for this transition.  Parents should be made aware of the information concerning the "dropout rate" and how to combat it.  Loving students through the storms instead of bashing lets the student know they are still loved even in a time of confusion.

This is not an exhaustive list, but we want to start the conversation.  What you are doing to help decrease the 65%.  Please comment and share your ideas to help our your fellow youth minister/worker.

God Bless.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Family Camp

The theme: we ARE family – and it was definitely felt amongst the families here this weekend. We met new friends and caught up with those who have returned each year for Family Camp. Heath Peloquin took us deep into the word, where we examined ourselves, our actions and our communities. He taught us about drive by prayer in our neighborhood. Simply put, every house you drive, pray for that family. And it does not matter the size of your neighborhood. Pray for the neighbors you know, and those you don’t. Enjoy the fruits that God ripens. We shared wonderful worship, creative family crafts, old-fashioned picnic games and brisket picnic lunch. A campfire under a canopy of stars provided the setting for skits and smores. Everyone was laughing and enjoying the sticky sweet goodness of roasted marshmallows and chocolate. Families then returned to their cabins courtesy of an old fashioned hay ride for a good nights rest. One lesson learned at the fire – if the first bite is not good or hard to chew, keep eating because it will turn to deliciousness. Whether that is about smores, God’s word, or new friends this lesson can apply to our lives in so many instances. We zipped, fished, and did our best at archery. Why would HLC rec staff ask you to put on goggles, a shower cap, and a trash bag to eat a bowl of chocolate pudding? For those brave enough to try the Wild & Crazy games, suffice it to say, it was not just a bowl of pudding, but eating a bowl of pudding with a surprise attack of a leaf blower to your face. As one contestant said, THE NEXT MORNING, I still taste chocolate, and it is still in my nose. Ah good times were had by all at family camp. And the theme will carry on - we ARE family – today, tomorrow and forever. Hope you can join us next year.
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Hello There :) from Margie Hunt

Hello Everyone! I hope y'all are having a most wonderful and blessed day! This summer I have chosen to work at Highland Lakes Camp located in Spicewood, Texas. When I first decided to work here, I knew that God was placing me here for a reason. However, I did not know what that reason was. I still am not sure what the reason is either. Although, by being here for almost a MONTH, I have been having the time of my life. I have had some rough moments here and some fantastic moments here. One of the rough things that happened to me while being here was that within the first week, which was orientation week, I fell and gashed my knee open and got 8 stitches. It was a wonderful experience. I believe that God had me go through that to experience patience so I could know that He is the ultimate comforter. 

Our God is just so amazing and wonderful that he can bring us through anything that may happen in our lives. Also, I have been learning to trust and love people. By that I mean that God has been showing me that it’s okay for people to help you and for you to trust them. And that He has a plan for you in your life and that he can provide you with people that can help you along the road in life. Sometimes your road in life may be rough, but it is totally worth it to go down. God has also provided me with some awesome lifelong friends here. He has given me people in my life that are helping me grow daily and helping me become a stronger person. I thank God and praiseHim every day for these people and this place that he has brought me to. Without Him I would be nothing. 

I hope y'all have enjoyed this little update on my life. Have a marvelous day!

Margie Hunt is a member of the Food Service Staff and currently attending Stephen F. Austin State University majoring in Childhood and Family Development.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

First Month at Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center by Bryant Sanders

At the beginning of the summer I figured that I was just going to be working another job at a church camp. I have realized that Highland Lakes is more than just a church camp. Its a collective group of family that is here to support each other. Like most families we have our drama and arguments, but at the end of the day we are still a family that loves each other. Working on the Public Relations Staff has challenged me to be a stronger person in Christ. I was walking through life doing the things that I wanted to do with my future. I always thought that I was going to be a Band Director. God has other plans in my life and is telling me otherwise. I feel that God is telling me to continue to be a music major, but not just a music education major. During the M3 camp the band Dutton played this song called Welcome Home. When the chorus came I felt the Holy Spirit move through me and I couldn't move. God was telling me that I needed to is be a minister.

Bryant Sanders is serving on the Public Relations Team and currently attends Odessa College and is double majoring in Music Education and Music Performance. Be praying for him and the rest of the Summer Missions Team  (SMT) as they continue to serve daily.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

SMT Orientation 2011 Coming to a Close

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."

SMT Orientation Week 2011 is coming to a close tomorrow morning. We were blessed by Michael Satterfield and Clay Tyner of One Less Stone; both men leading us to the throne of God.

Tomorrow is a very special day for the Summer Mission's Team. We call it Commissioning Day, referring to a charge on the SMT's life to serve Christ daily at Highland Lakes Camp and everywhere they may go after their service here. It's an amazing thought to consider these students giving up a summer to serve the Lord to follow His call.

It is a special time, so please keep this service on your prayers. Also, tomorrow, join is from home praying for Summer 2011 at HLC3. Some things you can be praying for: the students and leaders traveling to and attending camp, full time staff, SMT staff, the program guests, volunteers, lives to be changes in the name of Christ, and whatever the Lord lays on your heart.

God bless each of you and we thank you for your prayers.