Hello, church! Guess who’s back!? It’s me, Jenny the “Jen-tern” Johnson! I’m over the moon excited to be back in the Justin this summer as the Youth Ministries Intern. I learned so much last summer, so I can only imagine this summer will be even greater. Kat, Brenda, Matt, and I are currently experiencing the calm before the storm; starting on June 11, Youth Ministries has several trips right in a row with our crazy amazing teenagers.
June 11 – 14, 30 of our middle schoolers will be serving locally at Jubilee Garden, TAFB Learning Garden, the Community Food Bank, Samaritan House, Project Transformation, the Women and Children’s Shelter, and our own First Street Methodist Mission. The theme for the week is “Enough,” which is inspired from 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is enough, it’s all you need. My grace comes into its own in your weakness.” By the time their week of serving has concluded, we hope our middle schoolers know exactly how precious they are to God, and how enough they are to bring God’s Kingdom to earth.
June 17 – 23, 33 of our high schoolers and 11 adults will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico, serving alongside two other churches through the Central Texas Conference Youth in Mission (CTCYM).
The following week, June 25 – July 1, the Cornerstone Youth Choir will be on their tour through the southeast — Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida all in a week! I can speak from experience that Choir Tour is always a fun trip, but it is also wonderfully mission oriented. Out of all the cool sites I got to see in my seven Choir Tours, my favorite part of every trip was singing to and with the residents at retirement homes or assisted living facilities. I am proud to know that Cornerstone Youth Choir will be spreading so much joy, and you should be too.
Then you’ve got 75+ youth volunteering at VBS, and July 14 – 20 we are taking 40 youth and adults to serve at Camp Barnabas, which is the most we’ve ever had!
Like I said, this week and the next are the calm before the storm, but what an awesome storm it will be, full of laughter and tears and sweat and Jesus, lots of Jesus! I said it last summer in my blog and I’ll say it again — please keep praying for these youth and showering them with your love because they may not recognize or fully appreciate it now, but this place is where disciples are being made. Watching these youth love others like God loves them is indescribable. These years in youth ministry are the ones they’ll look back on and say, “Oh yeah . . . God was in that place.” I’m blessed beyond measure to be a part of it all for a second summer.
Youth Ministries Intern