Our party started at 8:00PM and continued til midnight. We had about 15 people (mostly the young, singles). Everyone laughed and became involved in the "Minute-to-Win-It" games, eating snacks and pizza and chatting. When one boy showed up late, a little drunk (or maybe very drunk) I realized that their attempts to resist temptation have to come from within them with dependence on the Holy Spirit. Each one has to choose to invite God into his decision-making or run helter-skelter doing whatever feels cool. As much as I would like to somehow manipulate the decision-making by throwing a party, etc., ultimately the choice comes from each of them.
Even though I was forced to realize that I really cannot prevent anyone from falling, it was good to see that the boy who was drunk, came anyway. It was good to see 14 of our deaf members make a choice to stay alcohol free that night. It was also wonderful to have fun together in a relaxed playful way. Here are some pics:
Elisabeth doing "A Bit Dicey."
Joshue slept through all of the noise.