We arrived home at 3 pm and quickly remembered that we had an activity at 4pm. We were exhausted and sleep deprived and thought about canceling it. But, ten minutes before the appointed time, we saw a group of kids gathering outside the church gates and ready for their activity! Last week, we told the kids from our pre-teen group that we would be having a "secret meeting" the next week and that they should bring a walking stick and a back pack with snacks. The kids knew immediately what they would be doing and didn't fall for our sneakiness at all. With all their excitement, we couldn't cancel, so we loaded up our own backpacks and took them on a hike up the hills around the chapel. David started the group off, stopping at a couple of houses to pick up kids who were lagging behind. Anna snuck ahead and built a fire. The kids were stoked to see the fire (and very impressed with her girl scout fire building skills). We all sat around, talked and shared the snacks that they had brought. Besides being a lot of fun, the kids learned that they liked walking together much better than walking alone and that God was there to help them when they got tired along the way.
It was a good weekend. Here are some pictures to prove it: