One of the essential items I pack for any youth ministry event - whether it is a retreat, camping, service project, or international travel - is duct tape. This miracle product will repair ripped jeans, hold up broken airline tray tables, suspend just about anything, and will, without fail, be used on each and every event.
Somewhere is a stunning picture of me standing in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. I have my day pack slung over one shoulder. On the other shoulder is my flute with a role of duct tape on the strap.
With two retreats just wrapped up and the massive undertaking to attend World Youth Day now less than 80 days away, duct tape has a comfortable position on my desk.
For all those who have ever mocked me (and there are plenty), here is a bit of higher vindication.