The blog entry Maggie Mae was written about events that overlapped this event so you may recognize some of this if you read Maggie Mae.
The summer began with me seeing a great plan for a summer youth group, including a motorcycle group and a youth group from Winnipeg that was connected to Pierson in three different ways. I could envision a summer full of active kids playing games and learning songs and the motorcycle group coming out to Pierson for an afternoon to play motorcycle games with our kids. I pictured a church service and a pot luck and the youth group from Winnipeg coming out to spend time with the kids and singing with them. We had kids who were very talented singers in our youth at the time. The Winnipeg youth group had just put out a CD.
My problem was that I didn’t know if I should plan it or not. So I asked God if He wanted me to set up this youth group and these summer activities that I imagined.
I went to church that Sunday morning and there was a motorcycle on the front of the church paper that was handed to me at the door. So I took that to be a ‘yes.’ I asked another lady at church if she wanted to lead the singing part of our events because that’s not where my gifting lies. She said, “yes.”
The motorcycle group had asked me to make them up a waiver. So I proceeded to do that. I had just bought a new computer and didn’t know how to use it. I used a template to make the waiver and when it printed it had a bright yellow light bulb in the middle of the page that I couldn’t seem to make go away. I glanced over at the book I was reading. I read the words letting in the light. I remembered that I had just read about how God is the light. I decided to leave the light bulb on the page, besides that it may have taken me forever to have figured out how to get rid of it.
We met for our first youth meeting and the song leader started to teach the kids a new song. The song was Shine Jesus Shine which included lots of references to letting your light shine. I showed the song leader the light bulb on the waiver page. She thought that was great. I told her that was an accident.
We had a great time with the kids playing soccer, swimming, enjoying camp fires, playing water games and learning the new songs. The Sunday before the motorcycle group was to come out I wanted to find out the name of the motorcycle group so I could have it engraved on a small motorcycle replica we had bought for them. I called my friend, one of the biker’s wives. I asked her the name of the motorcycle group she said the “Christian Light Riders.” The light bulb on their waiver page was coming to life.
I also asked her how many bikers were coming out. She said nineteen. I was a bit concerned because people were going away on holidays. I was concerned that the nineteen bikers would show up for ten adults and four kids. She said, “Don’t worry the people God wants to be there, will be there.”
I went to church that morning and on the front of the church paper was a man and woman sitting on a motorcycle and below that were the words. Maggie’s Love Story. I said, “Ok God you are in charge.” I read the story later that day and it was similar to my own.
A week later the park was buzzing with over 120 people of all ages, and nineteen motorcycles and their riders. The kids enjoyed the bikers and their motorcycle games. The singing was great. Our theme was Letting in the Light.