As we move into the fall, we move into a new phase for the Langley Youth Unlimited team. This past winter saw a significant decrease in our funding. This led to a shift in staffing hours and caused us to refocus. As we took into account staff hours and the finances available to our team, we felt it was necessary to take a step back from how we had been doing things.
What does this mean?
As we go into the fall, we will be turning our focus primarily to our work in two Langley schools, working to build relationships with staff and students. By working in the schools, we are meeting youth where they are and entering into their day to day lives. This consistent presence helps to build up trust as these youth see our staff on a regular basis.
The relationships that begin at the school often grow into time outside of the school. Although these hangouts can often appear surface level and like way too much fun, they are actually necessary building blocks for deeper connections. In working si…
One evening after putting my kids to bed
and tidying the house I finally got a chance to sit. As I did, my vision
suddenly turned into an array of bright shapes and colors, as if I was viewing
the world through a kaleidoscope. I was able to make my way to bed and fall
asleep. The next day everything seemed fine.Losing vision is a scary thing. I have an elderly neighbor I visit often
who faces blindness more and more each day. It affects independence, safety and
perception. While this incident only lasted a short time for me, his experience
was echoing through my mind and I knew I should get things sorted out. I checked in with my eye doctor. She told
me, after an examination, that I’d experienced an ocular migraine. She informed
me that unless I took steps to reduce my stress I’d likely have more frequent
and severe reactions. My family doctor confirmed this and showed high concern
for my health in this season. Stress is a normal part of life and while I work
hard at caring for my phy…
Tears streamed down my cheeks as I drove. I felt overwhelmed with grief over the news I’d received. One of my former youth, who had beaten the odds, overcome their trauma, found Jesus and entered into ministry themselves, had suddenly done a major U-turn. They threw it all away in the pursuit of a newly developed passion. I questioned my purpose as one great success turned into a failure. Pulling myself together, I came to our drop-in center to prepare for the 50-60 teenagers who would soon invade the space.
As I walked in, one of my interns asked if I could help them with something. Thinking it was a simple task, I agreed. It would help to get my mind off of things for a few minutes. Instead, they pulled out a notebook and asked this question:
“What are some outcomes you’ve seen in youth you’ve shared the gospel with?”
I froze. This intern wanted to hear victories. And there has been many ways in which Jesus has miraculously shown up - in dreams, transformations, softening h…