Ok, I know that sounds a little pretentious, but I believe it. Teenagers need places like KIVU. As I sit here an reflect on my last week in Dallas, I'm ever more convinced teens are walking through life alone. They're void of spiritual depth. They have successfully compartmentalized every area of life. And in the end, they have no context by which they can share what's going on inside.
"What's going on on your high school campus?" I asked a young girl who goes to a public school in the heart of Dallas.
"I feel like I've got so much going on, I don't know where to put it. My parents hate each other. My school work has become just something to do. And my friend, well I don't know who my real friends are anymore." she answered.
"What about your spiritual life. How are you doing with the Lord?" I probed a bit.
"Well I go to church." she actually goes to one of the largest churches in the area. "But I feel like it's just a party. We go to church, but we don't really know anyone."
TEENS NEED A PLACE LIKE KIVU
They need to know how to know each other.
They need to be known by others.
They need to explore their faith and the values they're going to believe in.
They need to experience different adventures.
They need a safe place where they can find a safe ear to listen.
Every time I waffle back and forth on whether we're doing work that really matters, God puts me in situations like the girl I'm referring to. I heard that story more than once last week, and I know it's certainly not a Texas epidemic.
God has created a wonderful place out at KIVU to help teens understand what they believe, why they believe it, and how to cope with the pressures of life. He's brought the best "kid-loving" staff to focus on developing real life/meaningful friendships with teenagers. And, He's getting us poised to go out and spread the gospel to the world.
Yep….God has me right where He wants me. What a great feeling to know. in the good times and in the hard times, God is in control of what's going on here in my world.
I just pray today, I can continue to submit to His plan.
To get out of the way and let His will continue to go forward.
I know this isn't very theological, but I wake up in the morning and pray, "God, don't let me mess it up for you!" HA!! As if He NEEDS ME?!? What am I thinking.
KIVU is a place where your teenager and their friends can find safety in adventure, fullness in friendship, and a memory that will last a lifetime.
Come join us, click over to http://www.campkivu.com.  Hit the registration button, and start your adventure today.