a great trip to Chicago…

Our group @ Cloud Gate, the Chicago Bean

Our group @ Cloud Gate, the Chicago Bean

Last Thursday, my wife Erin and I, were blessed to be able to take 6 of our FCA students and one of our youth group students to Chicago, IL to visit Moody Bible Institute.   We left early that morning and drove to Chicago where some dear friends of ours opened their home for our group to stay in.

On Friday we took our students to MBI where they were able to eat in the student dining room, attend a class, meet with admissions and got a full tour of the school  I really enjoyed being able to share with the students a place that has meant so much to my life.  I don’t know if any of our students will end up applying to MBI or not, but we are hoping that this exposure to a Christian/Bible college will plant a desire in them to consider a Biblical education and giving their lives to full time ministry.

After visiting MBI on Friday we headed to Ed Debevic’s a 50’s style diner where the serving staff is dressed up in costumes and are in a fun way very rude and sarcastic.  Our students had a blast giving it right back to the staff and were very entertained.  Following supper we took the students Michigan Avenue where they were able to get some popcorn and do some souvenir shopping.

Saturday we took one last day for site seeing and started by going to see the famous Chicago Bean.  While the Bean was quite impressive I think our students were also just as thrilled to ride the subway!  Throughout the day we did many more fun things like trying deep dish pizza, riding the subway and bus again, and going to the zoo.  We were amazed when one or two of our students informed us that they hadn’t ever been to a zoo before.  We finally made it back to our hosts’ house and on Saturday night they treated us to a delicious cook out and we really enjoyed spending time with them.

I’m not sure how God is going to use this trip in the lives of our students, but I am praying that it will have a huge impact.  Exposing the students to the possibilities of Bible college and also all the places and cultures that they have a chance to experience in their lives in the next few years is huge.  Hopefully their world got a little bit bigger and they will be challenged to impact it in a bigger way for Christ!

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