You Couldn’t Make It Up!

16 June 2009 — 2 Comments

Rat Race
Image courtesy of Sketched Out

One of the things I love about working with young people is the unpredictability of it all. A perfectly rational conversation can suddenly take a sharp turn and you end up in some random and amusing place with no real idea of how you got onto the subject!

At our church group the other night we were asking them if there was anything they wanted to pray about this week. A couple of individuals shared their requests, and the group were focused ready to pray when one of the youngest lads (aged about 12) said “Can I say something about school?”

Wanting to give him the opportunity to say his prayer topic, I said “Yeah, go ahead”.

He responded: “My science teacher told us to design a rat that would survive in the future, so I drew one that had a sperm gun on its back so that when it gets chased by predators it can still mate with other rats.”

Needless to say, that was the end of the prayer time as the kids lost concentration and the leaders were creasing up with laughter! You couldn’t make it up!

Jon

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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

2 responses to You Couldn’t Make It Up!

  1. Absolutely awesome – we often get that with our year 8 cell – their phrase, not quite on the same level, is that "God smells a rat".

  2. Absolutely awesome – we often get that with our year 8 cell – their phrase, not quite on the same level, is that "God smells a rat".

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