Last night we concluded our short series on being "ONE" with a prayer for the persecuted church. Of course it followed the age old maxim of youth ministry. If you plan a high impact evangelistic type lesson that needs lots of people to be fun and effective only 10 church kids will show up. Last night when I was looking for an intimate time with a few Christians students, and we had 2 new kids show up one who had never been to ANY church before. What a crazy first lesson on the gospel. "Follow God and you will suffer! You wanna sign up now?"
But I digress. The big teaching point for me was when I was walking around to groups and I heard my church kids saying they didn't want to pray out loud. They were reading a story about a Somali girl who was tied to a tree for days because she wouldn't stop being a Christian and they didn't want to pray out loud in front of 3 other people. I really did a good job keeping my cool because I almost canceled church and sent them all out of the room right then and there. But instead I tried to point out to calmly point out to them the gross selfishness of such a refusal to pray. Honestly I think some of it got through.
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