During the years of 2003-2005, Gil and I got finagled into leading the college group at our church. It turned out to be some of our favorite years of ministry--ever. We loved working with college students--so open, so interested (and interesting), so passionate and willing to listen. So appreciative.
It's ironic, because Gil and I always said that our least favorite age group to work with was high school students. And so....how did we end up at HOPAC for 8 years? Well, basically because HOPAC kids are different than your average high school student.
But it's still ironic.
And we've always looked back wistfully on those college ministry years.
Well, lo and behold, guess what? If you work with high school students long enough, pretty soon they become....
And they go away for the school year, but come back for the summer! And then we get to play with them and have long deep talks with them and have a glorious time with college students!
It's so fun. We love summer.
And so this summer it's been wonderful spending time with Hannah, Sarthak, Savannah, Bernice, Iksheeta, Lucy, and especially lots of time with Kyung Ho and Lotta (who lived with us for the last month). But what's even more fun about these college students is that we have known them and taught them and been a part of their lives since they were 10 years old. So that makes it even more of a blessing when we can have real-life, adult conversations with them.
Lotta showing us all her Dartmouth pictures
And college students are crazy enough to do crazy things with my crazy husband like spend the night camping in a game park with lions and tigers and bears, oh my. He didn't even bother asking me if I wanted to go.
The one on the right actually just turned 34 years old on Wednesday. But I know you can't really tell.