Looking back...and ahead!
Reaching my tenth year of ministry at YFC has brought on a lot of personal reflection. The past ten years have been amazing, heartbreaking, terrifying, rewarding, confusing, affirming, joyful, exhausting, fun, amazing…the list goes on and on. I know that different people approach ministry in different ways. In my recent reflections I have been reminded that I am the type of youth worker who SHARES LIFE with people. I find purpose and fulfilment in walking along side young people… through the good, bad and the ugly. Sharing life is not always easy. I have built a community of youth around me who I love to celebrate with during joys and triumphs, but who I am also willing to walk with through times of deep doubts, hurts, loss, mistakes and pain. Life can certainly be a roller coaster sometimes, and sharing life with young people means I am riding their roller coaster with them. Ups and downs. Goods and bads. I’m along for the ride. This job has never really felt like a job to me. It is truly a calling, and something that I am still deeply passionate about and continuously feel called to. Knowing and understanding God’s love for us is not easy. It’s something I still struggle with sometimes, and certainly something that my youth have a hard time understanding. Sharing life means that not only I am riding their roller coaster with them, they are riding with me too. They share their doubts, fears, failures. I share mine too.
It’s a two way street. Sharing life with so many amazing young people means that some days I am on top of the world, so excited for what God is doing in the lives around me. It also means that some days I am so discouraged and heartbroken, feeling the hurts and living through the disappointments that these kids are facing. I need you to understand that I truly cannot do this job without the support of people like you. This season has been especially challenging for me because I am in a place where I simply need to ask for help. This work is tough, but I am called to it. But I cannot do this work without more help. I am in a place where I do not have enough financial support to fully provide my salary every month. I honestly believe I have the most incredible team of supporters in the world, and I am simply in the place where I just need to add to that team. I would love to continue to live out this calling and keep sharing life with my community of young people. I know that God has much more to do in the lives of these youth. So to continue on this path I have to humble myself and simply help. Can you help? That has never been an easy question for me to ask, but it is so important to be able to humble myself and ask for what I need. Are you willing to join in my team? I would love to take you out for coffee and talk more about it, not just about finances but to have the chance to share my vision and passion with you face to face. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at 241-2586 or firstname.lastname@example.org