Saturday, December 31, 2011

Tsunami 2011

Three days after Christmas, we took our students to our annual conference called Tsunami.  We learned there that this actually is the last Tsunami Conference...next year, we have a new vision and new name, Ignition.  (I'm guessing it'll feel about the same to get ready for such a conference, though.)

This year's theme was Self-Less-Self.  It's a great theme, and a great way to begin a new year.  Wouldn't the world be a beautiful place if we all were selfless, just like Christ?  What a difference the Church could make if each one of her members was truly selfless.

Tsunami is very different than camp.  For one, it's only three days and two nights, but besides that, we're in a hotel instead of a cabin, in a public place instead of a private place, and don't have our schedules quite as packed and dictated for us.  That can be both a blessing and a curse, though, as sometimes we have to scramble to make sure the students don't get bored.  (See bowling pictures below.)  Tsunami also is huge -- 2000 people were at this conference, compared to the few hundred we have at camp.  Because of the size, there are always a few big names performing or speaking.  This year, among many others, we had Superchick do one of the evening concerts.  It was super cool :)

Overall, it was a success, and I enjoyed getting to know the students better and having an opportunity to worship the Lord in a different setting.  As usual, it was difficult for me to motivate myself to go; it seems having only a couple of days to unwind and settle down after the Christmas festivities gets harder and harder each year.  But God (as He always does) was faithful to me and each person who went.  No matter how our hearts may have been when we left for the conference, He had His will done, softening us and speaking to each person there.  I'm thankful to Him for his faithfulness and grace in granting us both safety and spiritual growth.
The whole group -- 16 students and four adults
Bowling--woo hoo!
Our amazing (and my sanity-giving) counselors Courtney and Jane.
That's SuperChick performing behind them -- they were awesome!
Pastor Rob and his wife :)
One more trip to add to our long list!
(And I'm sure there are many more to come!)

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