Myrtle Beach: youth camp!

We spent the better part of last week in Myrtle Beach, SC. I feel like if I admit that it was the first time I've ever been there I'll be crucified. It seems like the getaway for people from this area!!

I'm having a hard time figuring out how to put the week into words. It was an AMAZING time spent with AMAZING people. This was our "jumping right in to the deep end of the pool" for our new ministry at EBC. Although we knew most of the students who went, there were others we were able to meet and form relationships with (as much of a relationship that can be formed while dodging meltdowns and toting a 2 year old). hehe.

I'll start at the beginning- during the first hour of our trip...
yep- the bus broke down.

It actually happened at the best possible time since we were driving away from the bus depot... the farther we got the farther away we'd be from getting a new bus.

Luke and I were actually in the church van following the bus (along with 5 seniors and husband/wife chaperones) because I wanted Luke in a carseat. We saw the blowout happen (white mist that blew out of the back of the bus- radiator?). After getting word that the recovery bus was only an hour away we decided to go on ahead. Toddler strapped in a carseat sitting still for an hour isn't my idea of fun.

The students were patient even without A/C as they waited. The adults had to unload the old bus/ reload the new bus and then they were on their way. They ended up making excellent time and rolled into Myrtle only 45 minutes after us (we did take a pretty long break for lunch).
Luke was waiting patiently at Chick-fil-a!

Probably the funniest part of the trip down? We we about to leave a gas station and realized that none of the Senior girls were with us... So Mr. Eddie got the bull horn and announced that "the bus is leaving" to everyone at the convenience store...
{yep I think the girls were mortified took it in stride}
Here's all the stuff being unloaded! I swear half of that pile was our stuff!
We spent Tuesday afternoon on the beach. Luke loves the sand, so he was a pretty happy camper.

and the boys went "ostrich" in the sand...
{it's an inside joke to them}
We didn't make it to the beach Wednesday. So we stayed poolside...
and splashed...
and jumped...
and hammed it up for the camera...
He also played with bugs as we waited for dinner...
and played with the huge Connect 4 board:

And to wrap up the week the students did a mingling game. They stuck a poster to their back (with their name on it). They also wrote "You inspire me because..." and they went around and wrote on each other's backs. Because of the nature of this activity, little "trains" formed with everyone writing on everyone else's backs... It was such a moving activity to see the students get so involved. And most of them needed more than the amount of time given to finish... and most posters got completely filled. Amazing!
The theme of the week was "submerge" and the students learned that once you submerge something it doesn't come out the same- every part of it is changed. This was compared to our life in Christ. Once we are submerged we should never be the same. 

All in all it was a great time... too short in my opinion. But some great relationships were built in that short amount of time!!

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