A total of 115 TLTs (teen Pathfinders in leadership training) and leaders from the Mid-America Union arrived at Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri, in early August prepared for an amazing week packed full of activities, worship and training. 

The theme for the week was Here Am I, Send Me. Each training, activity and worship was focused around being sent to do God’s work. We traveled through God’s Word in worship led by graduated TLTs, ventured into the unknown on a Zip Line and Cave tours, and jumped into action during leadership training activities. 

A prayer tent provided activities to encourage personal prayer life as participants continue their spiritual journey at home. Prayers for specific needs were offered as each TLT left the tent. 

Sabbath included a “What would you do?” training where the TLTs were divided into small groups to discuss real life situations that have occurred at Pathfinder events. Other activities included a mock trial where they had to defend their faith and belief in the Sabbath, a Bible scavenger hunt, and ended with games and social time. 

A series of unscheduled storms couldn’t deter the spirits of our TLTs. Through thunder, lightning, canceled float trip, and evacuation to the Ira and Diana Thompson Farm, our TLTs held their spirits and heads high, treating the obstacles as a challenge to overcome. 

Tyrone Douglas, church ministries director for the Mid-America Union and event organizer, said, “We want to see this event grow and have greater participation from all the TLTs around Mid-America Union. We are planning to do it bigger and better in 2025.”

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