Husband. Dad to 5. Student Ministry Pastor. Follower of Jesus. Yatta yatta.


That’s what I’m expecting this weekend on our annual high school mens trip to the desert.

This year we’re taking 23 high school young men and 9 adult mentors from our church along with 12 students and 3 adults from a church across town. 47 total. This is the one trip I vowed that I’d never stop doing as long as God has me in youth ministry. The women go to a resort on the beach and the guys to the desert. I don’t really care where they each go, but getting them alone with one another and inviting God to change them into men and women whose lives are fully devoted to Jesus- that’s a non-negotiable for me.

In preparation, today I went around and bought duct tape, buckets, rope, and stakes needed for some team building activities we’re doing.

Then I went to costco with some of our team and bought the food. $1012 to feed 47 men in the desert for 2 days. Dinner number one:

  • 38 lbs of steak are soaking in two 5 gallon buckets of yoshida’s terriaki sauce in the church fridge right now awaiting a HUGE bbq.
  • 40 lbs of potatoes are in my oven baking and awaiting aluminum foil so they can be re-heated in the fire coals.

  • 10 loaves of french bread are ready for garlic, butter, and some heat.
  • A bucket of carrot sticks are awaiting a vat of ranch dressing.

This year we have a 50 man tent to set up army/circus elephant style, tons of firewood to create the ultimate bonfires, a shooting range for both 22’s and shotguns, a battle planned with 30 sling shots firing paintballs, and several talks lined up on Moses and what God taught him in the desert.

Should be a memory maker.

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