A Jaunt Down South
The next stop for our team was CDYC, the Central District Youth Conference, at IWU. Needless to say, this was quite different from any camp. We weren’t in charge of any campers, and our responsibilities were whatever the directors told us to do, which, oddly enough, wasn’t that much. We each ended up serving in areas that suited us. Chelsea reffed volleyball, Gabi judged piano, Jordan judged photography, and apparently I have an obscure set of interests because I ended up judging painting and drawing, group drama, and poetry and short stories.
Gabi and I also ended up creating the 5K course. That was an adventure. We started out just walking around campus trying to figure out where a good course could go. The next day we were going to go out with a measuring roller and figure out the distance. We decided to grab a snack from the hospitality room before we went out and found hundreds of kids sitting in the halls. Apparently there was a severe storm warning we knew nothing about. Around the time the downpour hit is exactly when we would have been in the middle of nowhere, away from any shelter. We ended up measuring the course in the tail end of the storm while it rained on us. We ended up being about a half mile short on our first estimate, so we had to add a whole extra loop to the course. Oh yeah, we had to mark out the course in chalk. Because of the rain we could not mark the course until the next morning, the morning of the race. We were up at 6:30 a.m. running around the campus with chalk trying to get the course drawn. It was a good time.
Our team also got to spend a good amount of time with each other. Conclusion: Jordan loves sleep, Chelsea is not good at card games, but she is pretty good with Pass the Pigs, none of us are good at racquetball, but we like to pretend we are, Ivanhoe’s has great ice cream, and every movie theatre should give you complimentary popcorn with your ticket.
Services were quite different from Timber Lakes. I don’t think any of us necessarily expected to miss Kansas, but thinking back to the intense spiritual atmosphere, even the dynamic speaking at CDYC seemed shallow. It wasn’t, but so much prayer went into every service at Timber Lakes, and it showed. We missed that intense movement of the Spirit. However, having the Mars Hill worship band was awesome. Those guys are great.