We had our last axis of 2011 this past Wednesday ... which is so hard to believe. But, our night was just great and I can't really think of any better way to end the year. We had so many different elements that make youth ministry so much fun ... we gave away free hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles, students were serving all over the place, fun videos and a fun game, great worship music, we took a special offering and blessed a family in our youth ministry, we shared the Gospel and kids got saved ... just an amazing night! We had approximately 20 students that responded with decisions Wednesday night. I loved seeing God move and loved seeing Him work in the lives of our kids.
Below is a pic of two very faithful students in our youth ministry. This has been a really difficult year for their family. They lost their dad to cancer early in the year and then, just a few month later, their mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and has been going through chemo treatments for several months. It's just been one of those situations that you look at and think "Why?" But, they have responded to everything so incredibly and I have been blown away by their faith and their positive attitude. It's been really hard, but through it all, God has been shining through their lives. Anyway, we took a special offering, raised hundreds of dollars and surprised them with it on Wednesday just to let them know how much we love them..
Our last axis of 2011 was a really special night and I loved seeing our kids have fun, serve, give generously, and respond to God.