By Rachel

How it started….well Brianna and I (Rachel) started talking about the hard times we had been going through. Issues we had with friends and how our goals were the same, and it hit us we don’t want to sit around anymore we want to get out there and reach others. We didn’t know exactly where to start, all we knew was that we had to do something. I met up with Brianna at her house to talk about organizing a bible study or youth gathering. When I got to her house she was all smiles and said she had a crazy idea! I was excited, her idea was to have a young peoples gathering in her barn, a cool hang out for others to learn about God. So we collaborated with John Lanphear and Eric Dumont to help us formulate a plan. We scheduled to meet the following Monday night to get to work! 

THE NAME:  That week John was praying about this idea on his knees and asking God to bless it and give him ideas to help it grow.  He then asked God to even give us a name for it, and as he was waiting for an answer while pondering some of the comments Brianna and I (Rachel) told him about how it seems that so many churches focus so much on criticizing the youth instead of loving them, all of a sudden God just gave John a “down-load”-GET REAL!  The name just immediately seemed to fit!  Then as he was thanking God for the name he seemed to get the impression that there was MORE!  So he asked God if there was any more, of which the “reply” came back YES!  John asked God “what more is there to it?  It’s not an acronym is it?”  The answer seemed to immediately come back as a YES!  John kind of sighed because acronyms can be really tough to come up with, especially with that many letters, so he told God “You are going to have to give me what it means then!”  Immediately the answer came down, “Go Everywhere To,  Reach Everyone Around in Love!”  WOW!  That’s what I call “GETTING REAL” WITH GOD!  John presented that awesome “down-load” from God to all of us that first night and it just seemed to fit so perfectly! 

THE LOGO: The 2nd night we all met together to do more planning and start working on the barn.  While we were up in the barn, Erik, Mike, Travis, Doug & Sherri started clearing out some stuff stored up there.  john started dreaming about the stage area and how to put the GET REAL! sign on the barn wall behind it.  He suggested we use the top of the x-bracing on the wall as a border for the sign that made the shape of a triangle that kind of pointed to the center of the stage.  We all thought that was pretty cool, so we decided to go with it.  Then we were all talking a few minutes later when Brianna got a “down-load” idea from God!  She said “this may not be anything, but I was just thinking that if we used the bottom part of the x-brace on the wall also, it kind of looks like a hourglass and we could say something like “Time is running out, it’s time to GET REAL!”.  We all thought that was so awesome!  Later that evening Brianna, John and I were sitting at the picnic table wrapping up our notes while John started drawing the new hourglass sign.  We all started putting in ideas to refine it until we all agreed that it was perfect and destined to be our new GET REAL! logo!  Praise God!

With the help of God, family members, close friends and a lot of prayer we were able to pull this together. It turned into GET REAL, and yes a barn party.