8th Grade Farewell Trip
by Geremy Varner
A couple of weekends ago Sydney and I had the amazing opportunity to take seventeen 8th graders to Camp of the Hills for their farewell trip before they moved up to high school. It was a blast, we loved getting to do some things we don’t normally get to do in Houston like archery, canoeing, painting and s’mores. Some of them had never done archery or canoeing before so it was awesome (and terrifying) to see them do something new. I don’t think there is anything scarier than seeing a 13 year old holding a bow and arrow, but somehow even with all the screaming and laughing, we finished the weekend without any injuries or flipped canoes.
Our goal for the weekend was to encourage the 8th graders to continue living their lives for God and following Him. The scripture we focused on was 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” We also studied different people from the bible who God used to do amazing things at a young age, and hoped to show them that even though they are young God can use them by serving and loving those in their school, homes, community, and youth group. These 8th graders have been such great leaders and examples for our middle school program this past year and we are excited to see the ways God will continue to use them as they move into High School.