No, really. One of the stage actors from CIY's middle school conference in 2019 goes by the fun nickname, Wolf. But Andrew Adams isn’t big, bad or scary – he’s a 21-year-old student from Dallas, Texas pursuing Bible and business degrees from Ozark Christian College and Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri. While out on tour, he was on the lookout for one of his favorite things in the world – not the American bison or “Nacho Libre” – the big ways God uses small, fun moments.
“I am so looking forward to seeing God move in odd places,” Adams said before the tour. “He moves plenty in big worship sets and sermons, but I am SO PUMPED to see Him in the little conversations on the sidelines of crazy games, and when He opens hearts as we tell jokes and have fun. What I truly want students to experience this summer is fun. Fun is unlike anything else – it makes you laugh; it opens your heart and your ears, and it joins people together. I want students to be able to forget about home for a while and truly embrace the joy that we can experience as the Church.”
Adams has attended CIY events as a student for years, and he says it feels good to finally give back to the ministry that has poured so much into him.
“I’ve had a lot of people encouraging me to join MIX, and God opened all the right doors to make it possible,” he said. “I have a passion for God’s Word and finding ways to tell people about it, and I’m ecstatic I get to be a part of the ministry that has impacted me so much. It’s been a cumulation of little moments, but it all came to a point my senior year at MOVE. I remember feeling the weight of God’s call on my life to be a Kingdom worker and realizing all the people who had helped me along the way. It was just this awe-inspiring moment when I felt God and where He wanted me to go. But it only makes sense that all the little moments led up to that, and that’s what I want middle schoolers to experience.”
Check out the MIX program here.