Rapid Adventures

Salt River was a great way to spend the morning. We went tubing that was really amazing. Also flipped over a cooler that was unintentional. Half way through the river we linked up and continue down until we got to a rapid. As we went down the rapid our link started to undone at the time the cooler flipped over.Some of us get sunburn. So over all it an great time and we left laughing

-Moises Flores

Roaring Rapids

This morning we got up early to head over to the Salt River to go tubing. The weather was perfect and the view from the river as we were going down it was breathtaking. We floated for about 2 hours and it was a mix between a peaceful cruise with friends and quick and crazy rapids throwing us around. After we got out of the water we had some fantastic barbecue next to the water with our youth group. I had such an incredible day today and I can’t wait to see what else NYC has to offer.

-Ronan Harriman

Yelp Review

What’s up parents? If you are not familiar with White Sand National Park, then do we have a treat for you! We are on the road and we see these super white dunes piling on our left. We turn and come out to the sand. I really expected it to be super hot and like gritty and rough. BUT, it was super cool and so soft. So soft that most people took off their shoes just to feel the sand. We found a steep looking hill and got these bright colored discs to sled on. You would think sledding on sand would be slow….. but no. not at all. I thought I was going to like fly off because I was going so fast. And then our lovely youth group decided to make a sled groove right on a bush so we would crash into a sad bush every time we sled. How fun. We then sat down and started to bury people in the sand. The more you dig into the sand, the colder it would get. We buried Makayla and made her a mermaid. Then Jessica buried herself to keep herself cool. Dusty had fun pushing Anna Bea down the hill while she was sitting on one of the discs with us. The 2 hours we had there actually flew by pretty quickly. It was a lot of fun. It was super beautiful to just look at! 10/10 would recommend on Yelp. 

-Alex Ramos

First Day!

Today we woke up at 4 am in the morning to start our adventure. We started off our trip with jumping in the van to head to San Antonio . We prayed and then went on to our 8 hour drive with 2 food stops. Finally I hung out with my friends in my hotel room until curfew.

-Samantha Gonzalez


Wow! We just saw the Statue of Liberty. Nyc really is so fun.

– Alex Ramos

Just kidding!

Hey y’all! We left San Antonio in the charter buses around 8:30. We got to eat some nice breakfast tacos and chill before boarding the buses. Ryan thankfully brought over 10 DVD movies to watch, so we are currently watching the amazing film “Robots.” Thanks to anyone and everyone who had a part in making this trip happen, including the many people who have prayed over us and continue to pray over our youth group!

– Anna Bea

A Time of Transition – Will

After being harassed by a certain youth pastor, who shall go nameless, for nearly a week about this blog I have decided to cave and submit a post .

As I sit here typing it is 10:21 PM on my eighteenth birthday, it is the summer before my last year before high school, and it is very soon to be time to leave for NYC. It is a time of transition and motion. The most immediate of those is NYC. For probably five years now I have heard about NYC, about how fantastic it is and in particular how God moves in mighty ways at it. I look forward to that experience very much. However, what I dwell on is not those things. I dwell on the return.

Every youth (or any church) event has the spiritual high, and then the post-spiritual low. But too much has gone into this event for me to be okay with that this time. It may sound corny, or cliche, but I am very much tired of searching for that next spiritual high. All I pray is that NYC be the start of a new tableau in my walk, not just the next Everest.

– Will Heise

Countdown to NYC! – Angel

I was asked to write about how things are, leading up to the trip.

They have been a bit stressful because I need to make sure I’m completely packed. I’m also nervous to leave my family for a week. I’m going to be hundreds of miles away and it has my nerves set on fire, but mostly I’m excited.

I’ve heard so many amazing things about NYC. I can’t wait to experience it for myself so that I may grow closer to not only God, but the people around me as well.

– Angelina Nelson