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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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TOF Letter 2/6 – A Bustling Spring!

April 19th, 2011

April 13, 2011


Dear parents,

Boy! If parenting is anything like certain seasons of the youth ministry, I don’t know if I’ll EVER get sleep… but it’ll be exciting! The thing about my position is that I don’t have any live-ins, so I just send them home to YOU to recuperate!

I’m referring, of course, to the bustling new year. We pretty much kicked 2011 off with many things happening, and (contrary to what you might be thinking) it was all planned and all intentional. A major goal of our first year was just trying to get to know the teens, and as we planned our 2011 calendar last November we knew it would be quite a Spring! Well… we were right so far!

We rejoiced over much of what God has done over the past few months when we had our Parent Meeting a couple weeks ago, and now in this letter I want to accomplish a couple things: remind and inform.

Rejoice with us. As I said, 2011 has been awesome already, and we believe God’s got more in store!  In January, the rigorous preparations for the Preaching Rally paid off with a wonderful day in late February (2-26). Several teens made decisions and you can see pictures and hear the preaching at preachingrally.com.

The following week (3-5) was our Ping Pong Tournament where we raised about $400 for… gas! Then, we’re thankful to the Bakers (Vince and Elerie) for wanting to give back to the youth ministry, and they hosted the teens at their house (3-11) for TONS of ice cream and fun games. The following Monday (3-15) we hit the road for Heartland in OKC, and you can listen to the preaching from that trip at teensoffaith.org. The Saturation Saturday (3-19) was attended by a few teens, and the following week (3-26) of door-knocking in San Marcos was another good time for service as well. Even though we lost the 100% Attendance Sunday competition (3-20), it was great to get our teens involved in the outreach, making calls and texting their friends about it that week. God blessed our attendance with a high of 36 that day and 40 the next week (3-27)!

Then, with the Temecula public schools on Spring Break, we headed to Lancaster on Wednesday to attend their Youth Conference (Apr. 6-8). With these multi-day college trips we hope to 1) expose them to Bible preaching, 2) expose them to Bible colleges, and 3) surround them with an environment in which God can speak to them without all kinds of media, school and other interruptions. While fun is a huge benefit to these trips, fun is not the emphasis. We love to make memories and are intentionally taking pictures and reminding them of the fun times they had, but the main goals are ultimately for spiritual impact, as you saw from the wonderful testimonies the following Sunday evening.

There’s more coming. Not all activities are for fun (although though the teens make fun happen pretty much wherever they are!) Our first Learn-To-Work-Day is coming up soon (next Sat., May 23) and all the teens are invited to serve at church for a couple hours on a Saturday afternoon (see teensoffaith.org for more info).

Our Youth Leaders’ Retreat (4-28) at Ironwood is coming soon, and I’ll come back loaded with new ideas! Thank you for allowing my wife and me to be involved in retreats like that. I don’t know if you realize how needed those types of things are for us. We’re sincerely grateful.

Also, we just confirmed with Bro. Si Rangel that we will be going repelling in a few weeks (Sat., May 7) out in Warner Springs. Safety is the highest concern with Bro. Si, and we will certainly have a great time on this Saturday trip.

We’ll always be encouraging trips like the Rendezvous, Youth Conference, College Days, Master’s Men Conference, and Summer Camp, and I hope you as parents do the same. If financing is an issue, please let me know. Another letter I send in this series will be completely about the Teens of Faith finances, our fund-raisers, sponsorships, involvement, expectations, budgets, and expenses, and even through helping them financially we want to provide the best environment possible for your teens to flourish.

We’re grateful for the opportunities you afford us to work with your teens, and if there is ever anything that we can do, please let us know. I’m looking forward to hearing back from you on your thoughts, and I really pray that our relationship continues to grow. Thank you and have a great week!


In faith,


Ryan Rench


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