Making an American-themed craft!

All these incoming 3rd through 7th graders have so much energy on Tuesdays and Thursdays that I find myself needing to sit on the couch I’m so tired on these evenings! Today was another day of great fun at HYPE. It was “MURICA” theme today since it is the 4th of July on Thursday, and plenty of the HYPE students donned some red, white and blue for the occasion! We had a group game of Jeopardy to test the level of US History knowledge among the students, and they did great! Additionally, we played a game called “Knight at the Museum,” where the students had to act like statues and find American flags hidden all over the youth room without the “museum guard” turning around and seeing them move (similar to red light green light).


Knight at the Museum game

For our lesson today, we talked about freedom and how privileged we are to have the many gifts we have been given, which many people have sacrificed for. In comparison, Christ sacrificed his life for us so we can have the “free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). That’s the beauty of grace – it’s free! And what are we to do with this freedom? Hoard it to ourselves? By no means! We are to share this free gift with others, loving our neighbors, family members and friends in the name of Jesus.


9 Square in the Air

Today, I enjoyed playing several games of “ball tag” with a group of guys and girls, 9 square in the air and watching Andrew and Becca (2 high school interns) help the students memorize Philippians 3 verses 12 and 13. It is highly entertaining to watch 30 3rd through 7th graders yell Bible verses at the top of their lungs with motions to go along with it! If I can ever figure out how to upload a video for free, I will attach a video from Thursday’s group “rapping” Philippians 3:12 and a chunk of verse 13! They are getting it and memorizing it!


How great is her face?

I have to say that I  absolutely love watching these high school interns teach these young students about God through what they say and teach them as well as how they interact and deeply love them.

No HYPE this Thursday due to the 4th of July holiday, and I am getting excited to leave Saturday for a week-long mission trip to Camp Penuel, Missouri with a group of 88 high school students and leaders! Have a great holiday weekend everyone!


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