One of the great things about working for LifeWay is knowing that we reinvest so much time and talent into building missions oppertunities for churches across the nation, and maintaining relationships with cities across the country.
Because of the oppertunties that LifeWay organizes, youth groups and college students are able to go on short-term missions that have long-term missions impact. It's a great oppertunity for the participants to grow on a personal level, while still impacting the people and communities they come in contact with on a long term basis.
The first conversation I got to have was with Laurie Lee about the missions oppertunities that LifeWay provides for youth groups. Through FUGE Camps, students are able to participate in missions first hand, as well as give to a missions fund that provides for the cities FUGE Camps partners with long term. The video with Laurie is thirty minutes long, but if you choose to watch it you will see Laurie's passion for missions work just flow out of her. If you have an interest in short-term or long term missions, I would highly suggest you give it a listen.
Last Friday I also got the chance to talk with Angel Ellis about the Threads event for college students, Beach Reach. At Beach Reach, students travel to Florida during spring break to help drunk student get home safely. Students get to take part by driving vans, praying together, or just talking with the students they are helping find their way home.
You can listen to the podcast episode here.
Yesterday I got to work on my first podcast for the Threads team, a roundtable discussion on the Oscars. Normally the roundtable discussions are about ministry, culture, etc., but the group wanted to kick back and have a fun little movie chat.
Unfortunately, as I was getting ready for the podcast I realized a horrible truth: I had only seen three movies out of all of the nominations. So you can listen in as I desperately try to sound like I have a clue (though I did get to talk about Persepolis and Once).
I've found that I consume my media in a growing number of ways, completely at the sacrifice of actually going to the theatre. If I can have a better visual and auditory experience in my home, if I can make it a social even by having friends over (and being able to talk during the movie), if I can get a glass of water if I'm thirsty instead of paying $3.50 for a bottle of water... and the cost is the same ($20 for two tickets vs $15-20 for a Blu-Ray)... why wouldn't I just wait until it comes out for home release?