We concluded our teaching series, Storms: Where do you hide this past Sunday. It turned out to be a great four week series focusing on the hurts, pains, and storms that inevitably come with life.
To conclude our series we did an experiential teaching time rather than a lecture style that I am most comfortable with. Around the Student Venue we had interactive stations that asked students to deal with the lessons and Old Testament characters we have studied this month.
At one station we simply had a sheet of paper on the wall where students were asked to write one painful (or current) storm they were facing. The list was sobering and a powerful reminder of why a relevant and Christ centered youth ministry is needed. I sent the list to our small group leaders yesterday telling them we must, never forget the pains our students are dealing with each and every week.
Here is what our student's wrote...
Family Falling Apart (mentioned 9 times)
Grand Mother Dying (mentioned 5 times)
Grand Father Dying (mentioned 6 times)
Dog Died (mentioned 3 times)
Not being Good Enough
Loosing a family member
"My dad and his struggles"
Losing a family member
Putting my baby up for adoption
Separation from God
Mom and Dad Fighting (mentioned twice)
Getting dumped by a boyfriend for (their former) best friend
"When My Parent's Fight"
Death of an Uncle
Drifting away from friends
"I am not reaching out to God."
Death in family
"Losing my brother"
Addiction and self hatred
"Losing our house"
The betrayal of a close friend
"My mom's cancer"
Fighting with friends
"Sister is drifting from God"
"My brother's pain."
"Not knowing my real dad"
Changes in friends
Changed in school
"My sister getting pregnant"
"My father does not know me and does not care about knowing me"