Wars Of Water
What an incredible event we shared tonight! A van load headed over to Central Church Ministries in the Fort for their second annual WATER WARS! I headed out with Alex and Sydney and met up with the other gang of assorted characters. This morning, I thought that I was going to be flying solo; however, by the time 3:45 rolled around, I had two other tag-alongs. Glad that they were able to come because it looked like they had a fabulous time as I believe we all did.
The evening began with a brief worship service full of high energy music by young people and a hilarious skit performed by Nate and Rachel, youth minister and the director of the church’s Outreach program. “Jesus Loves YOU and Wants You to Follow HIM!” What great words to proclaim to the little ones and spread that love through a slap stick routine! Before the Wars began, there were a few provisos, rules, etc. etc. etc. that sounded like a bunch of hokum to me… something about not getting the adults(?) wet. To me, if you advertise Water Wars then chances are pretty good that EVERYONE is going to get a bit wet. Which is why I suggested to my companions that we should take a change of clothes for the trip home. I dunno…. sometimes I amaze even myself (I know, I know… that doesn’t seem too hard to believe).
The fun kicked up a notch when we went outside! Our first stop: Pools full of a Jello like substance! NIIIIIIIIIICE! Gelatin flying everywhere, hitting anyone within reach, people being thrown into the pools filled with goo. I won’t say that it was the highlight of the evening but it was kinda (?) fun for a while. Until I was covered from head to pretty much toe in it! So I sought out a way to clean at least SOME of the slimy mess off. Lucky for us, there was a hill with two enormous Slip’n’Slides to zip along on! Those daring enough could slide down with or without inner tubes; face first, feet first. I saw someone attempt to stand as long as they could until they finally went down. Syd and I followed Joey up the hill. I did not see Sydney’s first slide but I went the head first route. I will have to say the hill and continuous hosing and dish soap made the surface slicker and easier to glide across than the Slip and Slide into the New Year event (not that I am criticizing, mind you… just something to consider for January 1, 2014). I think I slid about 6 times tonight.
Before the evening ended, I decided to take Alex and Sydney to the nearby Steak’n’Shake. Alex announced that he did not like the restaurant so I VALIANTLY offered Dennis the opportunity to come along and to have Alex ride home in the van. Almost met with a bit of confusion with a miscommunication on my part. Sorry, Chris and Lisa.
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it will be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:2-6)
I am so blessed and honored to be part of this ministry. Being a witness to little ones being taught about the love of God is so awesome and what a delight to see them doing so and having fun doing it! Thank you Nate and Rachel and everyone at Central for hosting this fabulous evening! Here’s to many more!