LIFE 2016

Wow.  There is just so much that’s happened. It’s insane out here. There’s just been so much knowledge being passed to us through the sessions. There’s no way to describe it. It’s just been amazing.

At the same time, it’s been interesting to be so far away from my family for so long. And to be honest, I’m kind of enjoying it. I’ve also been spending a lot of time away from our group from Syracuse. It’s not that I don’t like them, I just like meeting new people. The way I explained to one person is that I’m such an extrovert, those people are boring to me now.

Worship has been led by the Jordan Howerton Band, who I had never heard of until this week. But really, they are amazing. Wednesday night, there was a magic show performed  by Justin Flome, that I barely got in to. He’s a Christian illusionist, but don’t let that turn you away. In fact, he’s better for it.

Also amazing was watching Trace Bundy play ‘Overtime’ just before Thursday night’s session. That guy can play like no one’s business. Our first three main sessions were taught by Francis Chan. He taught about how great God is, so great that nothing is an accident with him.

I should probably explain how sessions work. Everyone goes to a main session in the morning, then go to breakout sessions, where lesser well known people speak. After that, there’s lunch, then the second session (Unless you have a service project, I’ll get to that later), then free time until supper, and then a evening session. After the evening session, there’s a party out on the block, then we all try to cram into a bus and get back to the hotel.

A service project is when a group of kids goes out and helps renew the city. My group went to a small alternative school, where we pulled out one kind of grass, weeded pathways, and one or two cleaned some chairs. Other people were working in garden, judging by the photos.

Thursday morning’s main session was about the prodigal son, but the guy took a spin on it like nothing I had seen. Basically, he pointed out the fact that Jesus was talking to the scribes and Pharisees, not to the sinners. His question was ‘Are you a scribe and Pharisee, and if so, are you going to join the party?’

The evening session was led by John Stumbo, the C&MA president. He’s full of wisdom and wit. His talk was on how everyone’s going to have someday when they feel as though they should just give up on following Christ. But, if you see it through, you’ll be so much better for it.

That brings me to this morning. It’s 6:58 here, and we should be to the convention center in about an hour. I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunrise, and took a few pictures, because there’s a daily photo contest that I’m hoping to win. We’ll see, though.

Today is our last ‘regular’ day. Tomorrow, we run the Momentum 5K, and Sunday, we fly back home. I’ll see you all soon!

~Elijah

P.S. I have actually met two people with the name Elijah. It’s kind of freaky, honestly, because one of them is almost like my twin. Not in looks, but in mannerisms. Anyway, just wanted to add that. Also, #life2016 to watch the action.

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2 thoughts on “LIFE 2016

    1. There are couple of experiences that did. One was during the evening session, when I saw this girl crying. Someone was comforting her, but I just felt like I was supposed to pray for her. Once the session finished, I asked if I could, and she said yes. So we went behind the bleachers in the back of the hall and I prayed for her. Then she walked off, and I never saw her again.
      As a lead up to the second experience, you have to understand that before I went to LIFE, I told God that I was scared, but if he called me to become a pastor, I would go. Well, on Saturday, there was a call for missionaries. But God said nothing, so I didn’t go up. After the session, though, I went to the response board, which was a whiteboard with a question on it. This time, it was ‘Who has God called you to show his love to?”
      At first, I put down ‘Everyone I meet’, but then I rethought it, and I’m pretty sure God said to put down ‘The Broken.’ So I did. I don’t know what it means, but I’m pretty excited to find out.
      ~Elijah

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