Last night I had one of the funniest teaching experiences I’ve ever had! I was invited the week prior to speak at this “youth” service and to share on 1 Samuel 3:10. I should have known things weren’t going to be as I expected when our driver showed up wearing a suit. I was wearing jeans and a polo, and I asked if I should change clothes. “No,” he said, “I’m just used to dressing up.” On the way to the church, I asked him how many teenagers we might expect that evening. He said there might be 10 to 15, and there would also be a few adults.
It took about 30 minutes to get to the church across very twisty roads. We were greeted there by men who were decked out in suits, and I immediately knew that things were not going to be as I had expected. Not only were we incredibly underdressed, the service consisted mostly of adults. There were about 100 people, 15 or so of which were teenagers. As we looked at the church’s bulletin, we learned that this was also the church’s 8th Anniversary. As it turns out, I was the guest speaker for their anniversary service, and I was wearing jeans, a polo, and sandals. After about 90 minutes of music and drama, it was my turn to share. Overall things went well, and the people at the church were very warm. We were sent off with some chocolate cake and the ever-wonderful Brazilian Coca Cola. We had a lot of fun, and it was a good experience that taught me that I need to be ready for anything!