My students will tell you, one of my love languages is words ofÂ affirmation. I love encouraging them, whether by dropping by their work or school, sending an unexpected text message, a facebook message or just pulling them asisde at youth to point out an area where you see God working in them. Its powerful, meaningful and a core part of youth ministry. So when I get a chance to send a note to all our students, you better believe I am going to take it. For some context all summer we spend 2 hours every Wednesday hanging out at McDonalds and for a few weeks this fall, met in the “upper room” at the same location for one our high school prayer groups while waiting for a room at the school. This morning I posted this comment in our Journey Facebook group.
Some Encouragement for all of you this morning.Â
I was having breakfast with MitchellÂ today and the lady who worked at McDonalds leaned forward and said, “you guys are with that Church group right?” to which I replied yes. She then said “you guys used to meet for a prayer group here right?” and I said yes. She said, “okay, then do you mind praying for my friend? He is going in for cancer treatment, he is a teacher and his name is Mr Hunter”. Of course we will, I told her.Â
Journey, the consistency that you guys show in being Jesus to the people in our community is staggering. When we do uptown Wednesday or prayer group there, people notice, they watch and they see the way that you guys live your lives and they are compelled by it.Â