youth ministry photo in need of a caption

this morning, and old junior high student of mine (i mean old both in terms of how long ago she was in my junior high ministry, and in light of the fact that she is presently 28 or something like that) found an old photo of me and emailed it to me. my best attempt at dating this would put it at about 1990, and was during my omaha era (read here for the end of that era). i’m pretty sure this is a missions trip setting (the vans, the building in the background). and please do notice those faddish loud weightlifting pants that were all the rage for about two weeks (and i think i bought two pair on the last day of those two weeks).

so gimme a caption. finalists are any caption that bring any form of audible from me — a chuckle, groan, whatever. i’ll modify this post with the contenders, then pick a winner by wednesday noon. winner gets a book of their choice from ys (ooh, big prize!), and the admiration of so many others.

contenders:

Omaha News 1990 Archive:
Youth Pastor Mark Oestreicher taking his church youth to Ron Luce’s “Acquire the Fire 3.” (brian aaby)

“These Omaha kids just don’t get the Chinese Firedrill do they?” (again, from brian aaby)

“Do these pants make my butt look big?” (david)

Shooting for the new retro film
“Dude, where’s my youth group?” (saulier)

Baggy pants -$25.00, Neon Hat – $10.00. Having old pictures of you show up on the internet… priceless. (tom atkinson)

hey, do you think these pants will work for my new rex kwan do class? (bobbie)

Omaha World-Herald 1990 Archive:
Youth Pastor Mark Oestreicher dreams of ditching mission trip vans and personally buying a jeep. (d. scott miller — this one got a groan, either you took a cheney-like unknowing shot and hit, or you have a very good memory of my omaha story, scott!)

“They thought my Jeep was unsafe, but they want me to drive one of THESE?” (clint walker, leaning into the omaha story in my link)

WINNER:

i’m sure my winning pick isn’t as funny for others as it is for me, but d. scott miller’s fake headline:
Omaha World-Herald 1990 Archive:
Youth Pastor Mark Oestreicher dreams of ditching mission trip vans and personally buying a jeep.

showed a witty insight into the ‘darkside’ of my otherwise lovely omaha days that caught me off guard! scott, you win!

32 thoughts on “youth ministry photo in need of a caption”

  1. Omaha News 1990 Archive:
    Youth Pastor Mark Oestreicher taking his church youth to Ron Luce’s “Acquire the Fire 3.”

  2. “Moses, I’m here with the vans you requested, dude.”

    (in reference to how long ago it was, and that the house in the background looks like a pyramid (i know, when you have to explain a joke it makes it not funny))

  3. “Hey, what are you looking at butthead” (done in the best BIFF – from Back to the Future – voice possible.)… oh… wait, though.. can I say “butthead” on your blog?

  4. “Oh no, I hope when that picture turns out it wasn’t obvious that I was scratching myself…at least they can’t see my other hand”

  5. Marko – thinking he is posing for a Cool pic forgets to look behind him and notice a parent in the van taking notes of everything Marko does Wrong on this TRIP and to report it to the Senior Pastor … Dolt …

  6. I enjoyed reading the link about your Omaha experience.

    I feel like I know you better now.

    How old were you in this picture? It looks like you are in Egypt?

    In light of the post linked….

    “They thought my Jeep was unsafe, but they want me to drive one of THESE?”

  7. clint — if i’m right that it’s 1990 (i was in omaha from 1989 – 1991), and it’s summer, than i’d probably just turned 27. i’m pretty sure it’s mexico, given the vans, the building, the dirt road, and what i remember about our program!

  8. Marko,

    I think you are right this picture is from a Mission’s Mexico trip and that is Jill Roberts (7th grade) in the front of the van. (I found some other pictures of Jill and Jenny in Mexico in the same box that I found that picture). But now I am wondering why I have it, because I didn’t go on Mission Mexico trip with you, I was one of the few lucky ones who went on the “Don’t Wear Gang Colors” Chicago Trip.

    So I am old huh? 28, Ha-Ha. John got a kick out of that.

    Peace,
    Jessica

  9. Pastor Mark in Mexico is reminded of the movie Traffic and strikes his Benicio del Toro glint…

  10. Pastor Mark and co-pilot take a siesta. Co-pilot passes Mexican beans unawares forcing pastor out of a dead sleep and the van too!

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