Marc Lantz – Youth Pastor, Faith Covenant Church Breton, Alberta, Canada
Where will you be the Friday morning before CHIC 2012 kicks off in Knoxville, TN? Perhaps you’ll be enjoying the summer sunshine while you mow the lawn before you’re gone the next week, or maybe you’ll be packing your bags and answering the rush of last minute calls from worried parents and students – wondering what the weather is like in the South in mid-July (HOT AND MUGGY, FOLKS!). I know what I’ll be doing that morning, it has been planned for well over a year already. I will be settling into my seat along with the rest of my group as we begin our 50-hour journey from Breton, Alberta, Canada to CHIC – by bus. Yes, you read correctly! We will be on a bus for over 2 straight days before we get to the block party Sunday afternoon on the University of Tennessee campus. Keep watch for a cloud of body odor pouring out of a van – that’ll be the youth groups of Alberta!
Many of you are dreading your own bus rides, which may only be 12 hours. Trust me, anything over 12 hours on a bus is all the same anyhow! It stinks, your back hurts, you have sung more annoying pop songs than you can handle, and no, “we aren’t there yet!”