All posts by Patrick Jr. ~ Youth Leader

Adventure Awaits Us

Hey everyone, it’s Patrick Jr… or Patty!

We woke up this morning and began with a devotional about wearing masks. No, not masks we are wearing for COVID-19… but the masks we cover our in most thoughts and feelings. You see, sometimes we go through our everyday lives looking and acting like we have everything together, but that’s not the truth. The truth is, sometimes we hurt, sometimes we are broken, sometimes we need prayer. However, we serve a God who in knowing everything about us, still loves us endlessly. That’s all that matters!

After a morning session with the horses, we completed our last entrepreneurial activity, where one of the boys excelled and took home the win… Kyren stepped up and showed the true leader inside him! The rest of the boys also stepped up, and did an amazing job.

At meal time, one of the boys was missing home, and sat away from the other boys. Austin took it upon himself to go talk to the boy and invited him back to the group. These are just a few examples of exactly what we want to see just before we leave for the trail. Coming together as a team, looking out for each other.

The afternoon was spent on a trail ride to complete our time with the horses. It is always sad to say goodbye, each of the boys makes such a special connection with their horse that could never be forgotten.

The end of the day was also full of fun things such as archery tag, swimming, and lots and lots of laughs!

As the sun goes down on our final day at Cran Hill, we prepare our hearts and minds for the journey ahead of us. Tomorrow  we will embark on our eleven mile backpacking trip on the Manistee River Trail. Let me tell you.. the boys are ready. This is no easy hike, there are many ups and downs. In a way though, that is just like our faith, ups and downs. How to we get through those ups and downs, with God on our side. Please be in prayer for safety and strength for not only the boys but the staff as well. Please also note that we may not have good connection, but will be posting when we can!


Day 2: Who is God?

Hey everyone!

My name is Patty! I am a staff member this week, and I am so excited to spend time with the boys this week, here’s a recap of our amazing day today:

We started the day spending time with Jesus, we dove into some scripture and explored the question, who is God? We had some really good conversations and wrote down our goals for the year! We discussed both long term goals and some short term goals that each teen can work on while they are here at camp.

We had the opportunity to complete some team building exercises, the “spider web”, and “all aboard! The teams came together and did amazing! It was hard for them all to connect at first, but towards the end they began to work together to get the task done.  There were some normal frustrations but overall the boys were determined to complete the task at hand. They came out of these activities much closer as a team.  Some of the bots even spent time learning to play chess!!

Today was the first day on horses! The boys learned how to tack, groom, and get on a horse today and even began to ride. Seeing the smiling faces and hearing the laughs was definitely a highlight of the day. After riding, the boys worked with the horse staff to feed the horses, this also served as a pretty cool experience.  See Facebook for more pics of the boys on horses today!

They also fed the goats, rabbits, and even the pot belly pig names Annie.

We would love it if you guys would pray for another great day, and that the boys would connect not only with each other and the staff, but also with their father in Heaven.

Day 2 Success!

Hello everyone! Day two up at Cran-hill  consisted of some awesome meals, fun team building activities, horsemanship skills and to top it all off… archery tag and ice cream!

Once we got all the boys up, we sat down for some morning devotions. Today’s devotional focused on the boys exploring their personal concept of God and learn what God reveals to them. Later in the day we headed down to Chapel, where we learned about who we are in Christ, the sermon had an impact on each one of the boys… check out this powerful video that was shared with us: CLICK HERE

Throughout the day, the teens explored different activities used to challenge their minds both individually and as a team. At first, it was hard for them all to connect, but some of the boys really stepped up as leaders, and the others followed. Soon the boys were listening to each others ideas and easily making it through the different challenges. Since these activities we’ve had teens comforting each other when they’re homesick, working together to get things done quicker, and even cleaning the tables and floors around the mess hall!

The boys had the opportunity to spend a little bit of time getting to know the horses and the equine staff today; they met their horses and learned to groom and tack.  They had their initial riding assessment. We finished the day at the barn by helping to feed the barn animals.  They are super excited to see them tomorrow and get to ride some more!  If you don’t see someone here, check our Facebook page for more pics of the boys on horses…

We spent the evening playing archery tag and that is always a big hit with the boys!

Please continue to pray for the teens as well as the staff as they continue this journey of getting to know each other, and the Lord!