Several years ago my life group started a tradition of calling students who missed group during the beginning of group.

A hate call:
– Is a way to let students know they matter and are missed
– Is an encouragement masked as yelling into the phone at them or on their voicemail
– Always ends with an encouraging word

My students look forward to these when they’re gone. We don’t always do them. They’re disappointed if they’re gone and don’t get one.

A couple of times we have left “Hate Videos” on the Facebook walls of absent students. We almost always do them as a phone call, but it’s the same thing as you see in the video.

Here’s what happens when a girl’s group did a hate call:

This week one of my students made this funny video we could use for hate calls. Not sure how we’ll make use of it, but it’s pretty funny for sure: