The "Big" Idea: God will bring opportunities to make a difference our way every day.
Student Involvement: Students from axis took pictures, greeted, played on the worship team, worked in the "tech cage", led small groups, worked the cafe, and cleaned up afterwards.
Attendance: 165 with, I believe, 3 first time visitors. Don't have those numbers right in front of me.
Fun Stuff: We started our night out with a fun video called "Office Wars." It shows a really funny "nerf" gun war between office staff. Very, very funny.
Cool Stuff: One of our girls shared about an opportunity she had to lead someone to Jesus in Wal-Mart. I didn't know about it until that night, but when she shared the story with me I knew we had to have her share it with our whole group. We also had 3 of our kids who are going on a mission trip this summer talk about what they'll be doing. We finally honored 3 of our volunteers who will be leaving axis. That was tough. Their absence will leave a big void in axis, but we'll trust God to get us through and bring some others who will be able to have an impact like they had.
Bible Verses: Ephesians 5:15 - 17, 1 Timothy 4:12
Lesson Review: It was a small group night for us, so many of our kids left to be with their small groups. Those who stayed behind heard about the opportunities God will bring our way every day ... opportunities to make a difference. Sometimes those opportunities may be big and sometimes they may be small, but the impact will always be huge! I tried to go video "heavy" this night and used video clips from a story used during the NCAA tournament this year on a teenager named Austin Gutwein, who started this organization to help with AIDS relief efforts in Africa. Wow, it was such and amazing story. I started out talking about the fact that God believes in us so much that He will provide opportunities for us to make a difference. We then watched a clip from the brief documentary. I talked a little bit more and then we watched the last half of the video. I challenged our kids to keep their eyes open for the opportunities God brings our way. Those opportunities may be as simple as talking to a friend who looks sad, opening the door for someone, or simply being kind. Those opportunities may be to start an organization to help with AIDS work in Africa. The important thing is to take advantage of the opportunities that come our way. We closed with a music video by Flynn Adams called Such a Time as This. Below is the first part of the video we watched about Austin.