I haven’t been blogging this week as the signal has been patchy and any computer time has been used to try and get some #nanowrimo done. (I’m 6.5k behind at the moment this goes up to about 8k tomorrow ouch!)
I’m going to write about everything I’ve been doing when I get home but this needed to be shared.
On our arrival at the Youth Hostel this afternoon we were given warning that a group was staying for the weekend as well. We were given the warning of we could either avoid or join in.
We went out for dinner and when we got back they were here. It was a youth group or school group but we weren’t entirely sure. However something was going to confirm where the group was from.
They’d been in a session after dinner and then the young people reappeared. There were various groups but two teen girls came out and they made the biggest impact on me. I could see they were carrying a bible and looking very nervous so while knitting I said a quick prayer for them.
A group of about 6 adults aged probably around 40/50/60 were say around one of the coffee tables chatting and this group of girls went to talk to this group of adults.
The girls opened the bible and started reading verses they were a little nervous and unprepared but did such a fab job that my little heart jumped for joy!
Something in me decided that I needed to stand with them. So I did. I walked over and stood with the girls and said I’ve got one for you. I flicked through the bible and found Zephaniah 3:17 that Suzie gave me a while back it says:
The Lord your God wins victory after victory
and is always with you.
He celebrates and sings
because of you,
and he will refresh your life
with his love.” (Zephaniah 3:17 CEV)
It was encouraging but I also wanted to share Esther 4:4 so I flicked through the bible and found it.
If you don’t speak up now, we will somehow get help, but you and your family will be killed. It could be that you were made queen for a time like this!” (Esther 4:14 CEV)
One of the girls said “we should have come to you instead!” I said “its okay you’re doing a fab job”
When the girls left the adults in this group starting complaining about how it was inappropriate and all this sort of thing. I got so wound up that I actually went out to the car and then up to mg dorm because I wanted to yell at them.
The adults seemed to be the kind that would complain about hoodies rioting or beating up grannies but these young people are here on a weekend away with their youth group learning about God. Now I might be biased as an ex-youth group attendee/youth leader but I’d rather get in trouble for sharing Gods love than something mean like beating up a granny anyday!
I know they wouldn’t be able to read it but I posted on my FB when I got out the shower and had phone charge the following:
To the two teen girls who stood up in the TV room at the YHA this evening and read bible verses to some people there. You rock my socks!! Ignore those grumpy people who put you down and criticised you. You did amazing!! Don’t give up. Big huge and hi fives from Your Big Sister in Christ
I know it might make little to no difference but if they do see it – they made a difference to my evening and made me feel love even if the grumpies didn’t hear it. There was a joke about reading verses over people at breakfast. Well if they do I’ll be there with them.
Chris later told me it was a dare game but I don’t care. They rocked dare or no dare!!