We all met up at the bus stop on campus at early in the afternoon. After figuring out the ride situation, we all piled into the vehicles and headed east. The drive was about an hour and we arrived to Pagosa with hungry stomachs. We set everything up and got to grilling as fast as possible. Thankfully, there was some football and frisbee throwing around to take our minds off hunger as the food cooked.
There, we also met Pastor Andrew and Rhonda. They run a church in Pagosa. We were able to talk to them about the ministry and possible speaking at their church about what we are doing. And small world, Josh, the director of Christian Challenge at FLC had actually met Andrew before back during their time doing different ministry on the Front Range.
Anyway, eventually the hot dogs were done grilling and ready for human consumption. Sadly, the hamburgers hadn't quite thawed out yet. The dogs would keep us busy until then...and they tasted fantastic! I probably had way too much. I finished them off with a bunch of oreos.
Then, we got everyone together for a game of ultimate frisbee. This was not a great idea after stuffing our bellies with food. Thankfully, nobody threw up. I think my team took it easy to make sure that didn't happen...because we got crushed. We did not have a good showing. I blame the hot dogs.
Soon, we were finished with the game and ready for the hot springs. We all slowly trickled on over. It seemed a bit hot at first for hot water. Eventually, we got used to it. The hot springs was right on the river so every now and then, it was nice to take a cool off swim in the snow melt.
|photo courtesy of Mizuki Matsubara|
The rest of the group eventually joined me in the perfect pool I had discovered. We had some really good conversation and relaxation as the sun started going done. It was so nice!
Around 8 p.m. or so, our bellies began grumbling again. It was time to head out and find some food. Some of us settled on McDonald's milkshakes. You got to have some sugar in you if you're going to stay awake for the hour drive home after spending the day at the hot springs.
Rachel and I finally arrived home around 10:30 or 11 p.m. that night. We were exhausted but knew it was worth it. The students had a great time and so did we!
Moving forward to tonight, we had the last Christian Challenge of the semester. The students came over and we had navajo tacos for dinner which were mighty tasty...and a crazy costume photoshoot for the students much like the one we had at Rachel and my wedding. It was a blast. We even had some students we hadn't seen in awhile come on over. It was awesome to see them.
We started out the night baking the tacos or fry bread. It took me back to being overseas and having a friend bring that home from the store. While Rachel, Jennifer and some of the girls were baking, Josh and I moved a couch out onto their driveway. The weather was beautiful so we just kicked back outside greeting people as they came. Some would join us, some would head inside.
Eventually, we all moved inside. It was time to eat. Throughout the night, we ate, talked, played games and took crazy pictures. It was a great ending to the end of the school year. It was certainly an awesome time of fellowship before the students head home. Before they headed out, we got the students' contact info and arranged time to catch up with them during the summer. We are going to definitely miss these students over summer but hope to catch up with them when we come to their areas to support raise.
We'll, I guess this is the last Christian Challenge of the season. What a successful first year we have had, thank the Lord! The Lord opened up a lot of doors for the ministry and brought us a lot of great students. Please keep the leaders in your prayers as we support raise and plan out the next year over the summer. Also, keep the awesome students we have had that God continues to build their faith and that they can get plugged into a solid church or ministry in their home town. I want to see students coming back more on fire for Christ than when they left. I'm super excited to see what God is going to do next year!
Rachel and I have more adventures to come later this week but for now, we are just going to enjoy having her family in town for the next few days. We will fill you in in the next few days about what is happening and how God is already working in that. Stay tuned.