Beauty in Brokenness

"He has made everything Beautiful in it's time." Eccl. 3:11

IndyCC: Game Changer

on January 10, 2015

Every year I pack up on the 27th and head to the JW Mariott in Indianapolis to ring in the New Year in a very unique way.  The 27th seems to come fast for me, but many students look forward to break for months then end up bored after a few days off of class.  IndyCC is a Winter Conference for our region (Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio).  The heart is to provide an opportunity for students to use part of their break to grow and invest in their relationship with the Lord.  They can reconnect with friends, hear about so many opportunities for serve, hear from well known speakers and artists, and have an amazing New Years Eve!!!

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As a student, IndyCC was the highlight of my year.  It challenged me in my faith in more ways than I can ever describe.  As I am now on staff it has taken on a whole new meaning.

I will admit that as I loaded the car on the 27th to head to Indy, I was not super excited.  All my family was still hanging out at home.  Christmas is wonderful but still busy, so I was wishing for a few more days to relax before jumping in to the next thing.

But I had the best time!

A few hundred staff members and 2,000 students from 4 states finished off the year together.

Night of worship together

Night of worship together

The conference looks different for me now than it did a few years ago.  My job this year was to be a classroom leader for childcare in the 3 year old room.  I was so nervous about it, but it was a highlight of the week.  The kids are so fun, and it was great to be able to serve and give the parents freedom to serve and invest in people’s lives.

We heard from multiple speakers over the course of the week. Mike Erre was the most memorable for what I could tell.  He took a huge risk and addressed a topic that is not easy in our culture.  He spoke from the book of Genesis specifically about Sexual Brokenness today.  His over personal story and his transparency took many of us by surprise.  He spoke more candidly than any speaker I have ever heard on the subject.  In a way you could feel the surprise and uncomfortableness in the room, but it soon faded into sincere curiosity.

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Sexual brokenness is a topic that is a reality in the culture that we live in.  Especially in college.  More and more Christians are dealing with temptations that they have never experienced before.  If we think that we can live in the world and not add reality of sex in our culture we are doing ourselves and our children and students a huge injustice.  Caring for them means entering into messy and uncomfortable things in order to speak truth.  From the outside, you have no idea what anyone is dealing with or exposed to.  Trust me!  More students than I have ever encountered before who even grew up in Christian homes are battling hard against very difficult struggles and temptations.  Lets help them battle, by walking with them.

I may try to go into greater (but sensitive) detail at a later time after I have a chance to really get my head around the things we head this week.  But by the end of the week, students were given time to pray and come before the Lord with the things going on in their hearts and lives.  They were given a chance to come and share things they are struggling with to our staff members and be prayed for.  Many students came and shared things that they had never talked to anyone about before.  Things they had done, or had done to them.  They were reminded of God’s love and forgiveness and restoration.  After truly realizing freedom from things that have been weighing on them for so long, many accepted Christ as their Savior for the first time.  Never having realized that Christ will really, truly forgive them of all sin.

It was a beautiful sight.

I am so grateful to God for my job.  I struggle with needing to do things in my own strength, so often it is difficult for me to not feel like I am accomplishing anything.  But the great thing about my job (once I let my self enjoy it) is that I am merely available, and I get to watch what the Lord is doing in students lives.

It’s not all serious business.  I can guarantee that you have never been to a cooler New Year’s Party.  Decked out in their Thrift store best (the theme was I’m so Thrifty… get it?! Fancy), we danced all night to our stellar DJ until we were too sweaty to stay.  And chilled at the Open Mic!

Dressed up for the "I'm so Thrifty" Themed dance party!

Dressed up for the “I’m so Thrifty” Themed dance party!

The Highlight over all is praying in the New Year.  We spent 40 minutes praying with the 2,000 students for our globe, country, and campuses.  Followed by counting down to midnight and worshipping for the first full hour or so of the year with Matt McCoy and his band.  It’s the most vibrant worship I have ever been apart of.

What a great way to start off the year!  I pray that I can keep my eyes on the Lord as the year unfolds.  I pray that He can remind me of my love for people, my awesome opportunity to get a front row seat to the way He is changing lives, and that I can remember the joy of being in the presence of the Lord in all situations, even when I can’t be worshipping with so many others.

4 of our guys praying in the New Year

4 of our guys praying in the New Year

It should also be noted that my boyfriend surprised me by driving 3 hours to Indy to spend some time with me there.  I love how supportive he is of my job and ministry.  He genuinely supports and prays for us and jumps in to help wherever he can.  I am so blessed by that man 🙂

Look who I found!  So surprised!

Look who I found! So surprised!

I am planning on following up this post with more specific stories of the way the Lord worked this week to give you a glimpse of the things He is doing.  But for now, I am so blessed to have this opportunity and I am so grateful for those who partner with me to make it possible.

How did you celebrate your New Years?

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