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INCUBATING

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Tonight I sat in a room full of teenagers and listened as they reflected on the idea of suffering and death. There were times when the conversation was awkward as these youth hesitated to share their thoughts on a topic that isn’t much fun to reflect on. Yet it is discussions like this that are vital to

GOD SMILED AT IT ALL

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The lazer lights danced off of the smoke that filled the crowded gymnasium. It smelled like 500 preteens and sounded like a party. There were only two songs left before it was my turn to go on stage and my phone was buzzing in my hand.

SPIRITUAL GROWING PAINS

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Next month I’ll be taking several youth to visit a man named Abbot Tryphon, who is the head of the All Merciful Saviour Monastery near Seattle, WA. Most of these youth are not Christians, and in fact aren’t really interested in Christianity per se. And yet, as is evidenced by their continued, yet joyful pestering "When are we going to the monastery, Chris?", they are really interested in this. And I’m not entirely sure how it all came to be.

HI TEAM!

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Most of the time I take this space to tell you the stories of kids lives being transformed by the hope of Jesus. Or I share with you the struggles I’m facing while stepping into their messy lives. Well this month I thought I would share with you some of the other stuff that I do that doesn’t get talked about much.

I LOVE BEING MARRIED TO APRIL

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Aside from being involved with young people as they walk through their lives, another part of my job is to advocate for youth issues in the community through meeting with key influencers in our region. Often times I’ll sit down with these people and one of the first things they say is, "Tell me about April." It throws me off that they know my wife’s name even though they have never met me before, but I realize that the reason they ask is likely because the signature line on my email clearly states "I love being married to April".

THIS WEEK'S TOP TEN LIST (because you need to remember the wins)

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10.) When one of your youth who barely made it through school is suddenly hugging your new volunteer because she was "the best teacher they ever had."
9.) A school meeting where we brainstormed creative ways to bring more of the community into the school.
8.) When the wounded atheist youth tells you about their spiritual journey which is currently orbiting around Jesus.