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Why being a lab rat was the best part of my summer —

By Emily Burt

Created on 10/21/2019

I had the awesome opportunity to join middle schoolers at MIX as a leader … and a lab rat.

I had never been to MIX before, but I have gone to MOVE previous years as a student. It’s always exciting to get to go to CIY events – as both a student and leader – and this year was no different. I was excited to see how God was going to move that week, and what crazy things would happen.


Our group maybe had a little too much fun throughout the week, but one of my favorite days and activities was when we played an Outer Realm game where I got to be a lab rat. The game was held outdoors and fell into the storyline of students trying to defeat Dr. Frankenstein. The kids had to work as a team fill up a bucket with water using sponges on their feet and tiny cups on their heads. We, as leaders – proclaimed “lab rats” – had to stop them. I was one of the privileged few to be chosen as a lab rat, and honestly, I had the time of my life.


Youth leaders might not tell this trade secret very often, but one of our absolute joys is to demolish our students in any game. There were sponges flying everywhere! Everyone was completely soaked, and I was definitely blinded a few times by flying soap suds. At one point I might have clapped someone over the head with two wet sponges! Sorry, but you really get caught up in the fun!


In the end, though, MIX isn’t just about who can win the most games or hit someone with a wet sponge the hardest. It’s about Jesus and being in an environment where we can have fun, but still have many opportunities to learn about Him and ask questions. As much fun as the Outer Realm is, that’s my favorite part – being able to be a part of students’ journeys to Christ. It’s exactly what my church leaders did for me growing up, and it’s what I plan to do again this year at MIX.


Emily Burt is a middle school leader with Lifepointe Christian Church in Sacramento, California.