God is doing stuff.
I thought I'd take a second to let you know about some of the great things happening these days at Harvest Youth. No, I'm not really going to mention upcoming events, like WinterFuse which is happening January 11-13 for Sr. High and January 25-27 for Jr. High up at Muskoka Woods ($160/student and payment is due Christmas Eve)... But I won't get into all that here... :) The purpose of this today is to explain to you how God is moving in our students. To be honest, this fall didn't really go as I expected at HY. Our group has struggled a bit relationally, passion in worship has been lower than we would have hoped for, and my own heart has struggled to remain on fire through it all. Just being honest.
That being said though, the leaders and I began to pray for more of God's glory to come down on our Tuesday night ministry and you know what? It's happening. It doesn't always happen in a face-shining-better-put-on-a-veil kind of way, though we've had some of that for sure. Sometimes I can tell God is working when a student I haven't had a serious chat with in a while writes me a letter about what God's been doing in her life. Sometimes it's when I see a student broken in one of the hallways with all his buddies gathered around him praying. Sometimes it's when I see a leader connecting with a student who I know doesn't like coming on Tuesdays - but who does after that connection has been made. Often times it's when a leader comes running up to me explaining that he or she just had the "best small group discussion we've had in months!"
God is doing stuff. I've had the privilege of witnessing relationships improve through mutual forgiveness and a commitment to biblical community. I've seen students plagued by various fears step out in faith and trust God. I've seen leaders catch fire with a renewed passion for Christ and youth ministry. I've seen new students make connections in a way they never expected.
At the end of the day a lot of prayer and plain ol' hard work goes into these things and everyone's contributed to that. Please keep praying that we would see God do even more.
PS. My job rules.