Snakes, Finding Nemo, Tattoos, Road Kill and much more

You may think by reading the title of this blog that all of those topics are very random when put together. So where do I come to relating them all? Well all of these were something encountered at DNow this past weekend. My friend Ashley asked me if I would help her church out with leading a small group at DNow and I of course said yes! I love working with youth and really miss my girls and the youth from BG.

So Friday afternoon after work I headed to Btown to help out. I wasn’t really sure what to expect because I had never done a DNow where you stayed in homes and where there wasn’t a main speaker, but it was AWESOME!! When I got to Btown I met my girls. I had 8 girls who ranged from sophomores to seniors in high school! They were such a fun and sweet group.
The theme for what we were studying was Complete – being complete and pure in Christ. But the overall theme for the weekend was Animated Disney Movies!! Each group was a different movie. My group was Finding Nemo!!! After dinner and the welcome on Friday my group headed out to the home we were staying at, but we made a pit stop at the Dollar Tree to find fun stuff for our Finding Nemo theme! After DT we went to the Brother’s home to get settled in. After unpacking we settled in for our first two lessons. In the middle of our lessons the church’s video guy showed up to get some footage for the DNow weekend video. So we took a break from the study and went into Coach Brother’s snake room to see and hold his snakes. He has eleven snakes of various types and sizes. Before the end of the night, all of the girls, including me had held a snake and this was not the easiest thing for most of us. I will be the first to tell you that I was very hesitant to hold a snake. After the distraction of snakes and getting some video footage, we went back to our study. When we finished these it was bed time for us.
Saturday morning we got up to an amazing breakfast of biscuits, muffins, fresh fruit, and breakfast casserole. Yum!! We then went back to the basement and got back into our study. We covered the next two lessons of our study talking more about purity in our lives.  After two productive lessons, we had some free time before we had to head to the church for the scavenger hung, mission projects, and dinner theatre.  We took this time to finish getting ready and practice our Finding Nemo skit for the dinner theatre that night at the church.  During this time we all also got tattoos!  And by tattoos I mean temporary ones, not as painful and lots of fun!  After the free time/lunch break we went to the church to prepare for the scavenger hunt.
The scavenger hunt was so much fun!!!  We had a lot of random things to find as well as Disney related items.  We had a blast driving around Btown and finding almost every item.  This is where the Road Kill comes into my title.  This was one of the items we had to find during our trek around town.  My girls were having so much fun with it and it paid off!!  We ended up coming in 5th, which isn’t bad considering there were around 20 groups.
After the scavenger hunt, the groups went out around the community and did some sort of missions project.  The host homes decided what the project for their group would be.  I had girls from two of the high schools in the county, so we split up into schools and went and prayer walked at them.  It was an amazing experience.  I was with three girls who had never prayer walked before and it was so neat seeing them grasp the concept and really get into praying for their school, their friends, teachers, and students.  It was one of my highlights of the weekend!
After the mission projects, everyone headed back to the church for the dinner theatre.  While we ate a delicious dinner, most of the groups performed some scene or segment from their movie.  It was so much fun to watch and participate it.  My girls decided to do the scene from Finding Nemo where Nemo first goes to school and goes to the edge of the reef and then gets captured.  We had a lot of fun with it!
The dinner theatre was over and it was time to head back to the house for our last study and night together.  The last lesson was an overview and reflection on what had been learned and happened over the weekend.  I had several things planned for the last night.  We had a time of reflection, a sand demonstration, a prayer circle, and a time of commitment.  I loved just getting to really see the hearts of these girls and see what they had taken from the weekend.  At the end of the night, I spent some time one on one with each girl that was a great learning experience for me and also another great way to see more of their heart.
Sunday morning we headed to church for the final wrap up and worship service.  It was a marvelous morning spent focused on the Lord and worshipping Him!  Then I said goodbye to by beautiful group of girls and headed home.  I was exhausted, yet full of joy!
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