NCYM: travel and day one

We rolled out of Duncan, Ok at 6:30 am on Monday morning, go to Memphis, TN around 6:30 pm, and spent the night there. Actually we met my folks there, who had come to get our oldest two girls and take them back to their home while we attend our conference.

We got to see alot of Arkansas, some of Western Tennessee, and a the north west corner of Mississipi and Alabama before we got to Atlanta. My wife and I had never been to or through either Mississippi or Alabama.

We rolled into the Airport Hilton around 5:30 pm on Tuesday.


Today, our conference activities didn’t start till around 5pm, with worship beginning at 7:30m pm. So, earlier today we toured the Coke Museum ate lunch at P.F. Chang’s and then searched for a Walmart. We went exploring today around Atlanta with a former partner in youth ministry in the Duncan area and two new friends of ours we met through the conference and camp. It was bitter cold today in Atlanta. The kind of bone biting cold that us Okies don’t know to much about. The coke musuem wasn’t bad. I thought the admission was a little high, but the taste room was pretty neat.


Tonight we were challenged with the idea of emptying our cups of all the stuff we come to the conference with. And to refill our cups to overflowing with the Presence, Power and Provision of God.

Our theme text this week: 

11-13May God our Father himself and our Master Jesus clear the road to you! And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you. May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all his followers. (1 Thesslanonians 3:11-13)

We’ve come to the conference with cups full. Full of distractions, full of junk, and full of ingratitude. Tonight, God began to empty our cups and fill us with Him as we were reminded to be express our gratitude towards God. We were challenged to see “thank you,” as the password and key to our ministry.


After the key note session, it was good to catch up with some friends and to express our gratitude to the NCYM board for the help they provided in getting here. As I write this tonight I am in awe at how God has provided for us over and over. He has made a way over and over when there seemed to be no way. A couple of months ago, we were convinced that we weren’t going to be able to be here, but through God’s infinite mercy and kindness we are here, and I thank Him!

About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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2 Responses to NCYM: travel and day one

  1. rustypants says:

    glad you made it there in one piece, jason – hope you and yours have a refreshing, relaxing, fulfilling time!

  2. rust,

    god is renewing us and re-filling our emptiness!

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