What a great opportunity we had as a ministry to address the enthusiastic crowd of students gathered at the Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati for the Summer of Service Conference. Over 900 teenagers from 14 states came for a week of showing God’s tangible love to the city through outreach and service projects like helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity. Each evening, the students attended a service with a time of worship and teaching from a speaker.
The evening program that I participated in was full of stories of how God intersected the body with the world. I spoke that night about the story of Jesus leaving the 99 sheep and going after the one that had been separated. That he was not satisfied to have almost everyone… his heart was for those that live outside of the flock. I challenged the students to be a generation not willing to just “party” among the 99, grateful you aren’t lost anymore, but to be willing to go wherever the road takes you in pursuit of that one. It was a powerful evening and I pray there was interest sowed in their hearts for the fatherless children of the world.