This past week, my brother and I got to participate in TeenPact Judicial. For those who do not know, TeenPact was founded with a mission to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith, and engage the culture. In order to participate in these alumni events, you have to complete a four-day state class, which my brother and I attended in March of this year. Many different events include a trip to DC, a national election for TeenPact positions, congress (I will be attending soon), camping in the woods, and so much more.
Psalm 106:3 Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.
At Judicial, we experienced what it was like to be a college Law student at Liberty University in Virginia. We worshiped twice a day, a staffer gave a devotional every morning, heard lectures from various law professors, and wrote a brief and did two oral arguments. Due to the amount of homework we had to complete beforehand, I knew it was going to be challenging, but I had no idea what was in store. I had never written a brief before, but the professors and Teenpact staff were extremely helpful in helping me navigate through the process. We also had to compete in a moot court tournament, arguing both sides of the case in front of your competitor and a judge.
Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do right, seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
This week was stressful, and my brain gears were smoking, but I enjoyed every minute and would not trade it for the world. The professors, judges, and staff all understood our situation, helped us through the worst by staying calm and encouraging us to do our personal best. When the time to relax came around, they made sure we were not working too hard and helped our minds relax with frisbee, coloring, and an epic game of, “Do you Love your Neighbor?”. The best part about Judicial was the people I got to meet. With the unscheduled time we had, everyone took the time to get to know each other. Students, staff, and adults included, not one person was left out of anything and it felt amazing. The atmosphere was a Jesus filled, drama free, lifting up kind of week and it was just what I needed before heading off to college. I will miss everyone there and I hope to see them all again one day here on earth and if not, see you in heaven.
Psalm 82:3-4 Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.
Thank you to all the Teenpact Directors and Liberty Law School Professors! A special thank you to Professor Rost for his ongoing support and encouragement to students and making learning fun!