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I went to MOVE, AND THEN… —

By CIY MOVE

At CIY we believe people are meant to have AND THEN moments far beyond our events. Below is a collection of stories that students and leaders shared with the MOVE team from the road this summer, and the AND THEN moments that followed.

 

About 9 months ago I survived my own suicide attempt. It has been a battle to get as healthy as I am today mentally, where I still have a long way to go to get to where I'd like to be. God has continued to show me a lot of little ways where I have been very important in the lives of those I care about. CIY was yet another place where I was able to make a big difference. Two of my students opened up to me about their own struggles with suicide, and I was able to convey hope to them, a place I never thought I'd be. Even after coming home, I have been continuing to have conversations with students about depression and suicide and how to cope and move forward, and it feels like I am actually making a difference since I understand and have been there. Thank you for the launching point to talk about such a difficult but important issue. – Taryn, Pantano Christian Church

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The day that the leaders took the tiles and wrote down the name or names we got for them was so moving.  Me and another leader prayed over this and both of us did not know some of the students that well.  But God is bigger and He gave us words to share with all the girls.  So we did keep the tiles until after the evening session so we could give it to them and discuss it.  It was just incredible how God touched everyone of these girls.  One girl in particular we had gotten the names missions and gentleness.  After our time was done she came over to me and with tears in her eyes said Diane when you said the word missions to me this week when they spoke about Ireland my heart just began pumping like out of control and I felt I just want to go there.  I had never thought about missions before like ever.  Then she kinda put it aside and then when the word missions was presented to me tonight by you that same feeling came over me.  Before I came to CIY I did not know this girl at all.  This blew her away that I did not even know her and yet knew her.  I told her it was all God!!!  He knows you so well and He knows the plans He has for you!  Oh her name is Kenya (no accident there either)  We are keeping in touch and I am so excited for her!! – Diane, First Church of Christ

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On Tuesday night our group had the biggest breakthrough I have experienced in my years of student ministry. Our youth were holding on to heavy baggage and the walls came tumbling down on that Tuesday night. In front of the whole group they were admitting being sexually abused, trying to commit suicide, being sexually active, depressed, and being far from God. Either way God was moving in mighty ways and we had 7 students baptized during the week – Winsten, Eastside Christian Church

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When I got home I learned that one of my daughters put in $100 of her own money for Ireland.  Her group was going to do it and no one had the extra money and she wanted to make a difference so she used her own money.  One of closest friends son shared with me he plans to donate $1,000 to Ireland of his own money.  They want students in Ireland to experience the same things they are able to experience and have them encounter God the way they do.  My other daughter wants to go visit Ozark Bible College, this had not even been a thought before.  God does a great work through CIY and this mom and small group leader is thankful. – Dawn, West Side Christian Church

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When Nate was telling about the Kingdom Worker cards, he spoke of one of cards being about praying 10 minutes each day for your family.  When he said that, I knew of one student in our group that had a very rough homelife (divorce, ugly custody issues, dad is terribly difficult).  I remember specifically thinking that it would be pretty amazing if that student received that card.  Out of all the cards, which were sealed and shuffled lots and lots -- my student was the only one who received that card in my group.  *cue the cold chills!*  While this will not be an easy task for my student, I know that this was God's way of the beginning to provide comfort and peace for him. – Angee, First Christian Church

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We had one student who has been really struggling for about 4 years. She's tried to take her life several times. She consistently attends MOVE but it never seems like it's a good thing for her. One time she came back just wrecked with anxiety. One time she came back an atheist. She's always been very easily 'triggered' and fragile and when we heard that you were showing a film on suicide, our leaders immediately thought of her and were entirely nervous. I was able to pull her aside that morning and have a conversation with her about what was coming and that any leader there would be more than willing to talk to her if she needed it. I watched her throughout the movie and she handled it very well and when we were chatting about it at lunch all she said was "it was really well done and I'm glad we watched it." which was HUGE for her. The morning we were leaving, she was the happiest I have ever seen her. Her mom came and found me the following Sunday at church crying and was just so thankful because of how changed she had come back from CIY. She said that "the daughter that left her 4 years ago had finally come back." The mom told me that the daughter followed her around the house for over 4 hours after she got home just reading her notebook full of notes from the week. At youth group, we had a 'CIY Share Night' where we invited the church to youth group and had a student share on each aspect of the week. This particular student volunteered to speak on the 'overall thoughts' portion and went on for about 15 minutes on how much the week meant to her and all of the different things she appreciated. I have truly never seen such a drastic transformation in a person over just one week. Amazing. – anonymous

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We saw one of our students in particular transform throughout the week of MOVE. At the beginning of the week, this student kept to himself in conversations. On Tuesday night, he shared with the group that he decided to follow Jesus by his own choice for the first time. When we gave him his new name on the whiteboard tile, we wrote the word "unleashed," praying that God would speak to him through that. And wow, we literally saw him become "unleashed" throughout the week. By the end of the week, he was initiating conversations in small group time, volunteering to pray, and now he is acting upon his kingdom worker card at home! – Grace

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MOVE is a five-day summer program for high school students to experience God, including daily devotions, nightly worship, community discipleship and messages. ciy.com/move