Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Centrifuge at North Greenville College -- Week Three, Day Two

As a method of sharing prayer requests and as a way of just letting everyone know what's going on at Centrifuge, I took a page from Dustin Whittier's (Vanderbilt--BE '04; BYX '03) playbook and decided to get a blogspot.

A Sore Throat Morning

This morning, I woke up with a bit of a sore throat, and I remembered that last week, during Friday's Mega-Relay, I had allowed all 26 of my kids to drink water from my Nalgene bottle.

Now on the surface, this seems stupid, but it was about 98% humidity and about 90 degrees in the midday sun, and I didn't want my precious seventh and eighth graders passing out in the midst of their triumph (we ended up placing second among the 7/8th grade division; we got second in the overall Fuge Cup that competes against the whole camp -- Way to go 'Neons').

Needless to say, I was full of phlegm, and I did some timely hoccing in the shower.

The AM Show Chase Scene

Each Wednesday is the day when Warren (I'm rehearsing my part in the picture without my trademark hat), my character in the morning show (who is a surfer/slacker type that wears -- perpetually -- board shorts, a t-shirt, and a Panama Jack Austrailian hat), gets chased by the Neighborhood Watch leader and Wal-Mart greeter Stacy, played by my friend and co-staffer, Carla Cagle (Carla will be a senior at Clemson, where she is majoring in political science -- hoohah for that).

Now Carla is one of the nicest girls you'll meet, and so it's always hard to be afraid of her (Warren is a nice guy, but Stacy thinks he's a punk, so she doesn't like him), and I usually end up smiling. Not to mention, it's hilarious that a 6'5" guy like me is running from a 5'6" girl like Carla. Who's wearing a Wal-Mart vest.

And finally, to make things more interesting, today Carla was also enjoying the nice pre-strep sequence that I was going through. But hey: God is glorified in weakness, right?

Bible Study Frustration

So I'm teaching seventh and eighth graders. The past two weeks haven't been that rough. My kids have been responsive, and several have made decisions for Christ (praise God!).

But this week, I feel like I'm not getting through to them. Now I know, I know: God is getting through to them, and I need to trust Him. But still, it can be frustrating to feel like you're talking to a wall.

Please pray for my kids this week (and every week, but definitely this week), 'cause I think God has a lot to work with this week.

God Bless Chlorine

I'm so grateful that I get to lifeguard at Fuge. There's nothing better than leaving Rec all sweaty to go change into trunks; teach Cults/World Religions; and then dive into the pool with my kids.

Thanks Lord!

In other news...

:: I want to say hey to all my Vandyfriends who are reading this. I miss you guys. Please keep me in your prayers.

:: I want to encourage my brothers in BYX -- keep going strong, bros, and keep IP in your prayers.

:: To my BCMers, please keep praying for God to prepare hearts.

:: And finally, to my brothers and sisters in God's Promised Land (Historic Rogersville, Tennessee)... I miss y'all a lot. Please keep praying for me. I'm not sure if I'll make it in for the Fourth of July or not -- but believe you me, I want to make it.

"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all" (Second Corinthians 13:14).