Friends and Family

One of the amazing benefits to working as a team in this job is that it often takes more than one of us to reach through to someone. This past week Thomas and I, unknowingly at the time, did just that.

I was doing some rounds outside, having conversations with our young friends, when I noticed one of them, lets say, exercising a behavior he ought not to be. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen this sort of behavior out of our young friend so, naturally, I called him out on it. There were some excuses, but I just pushed back and challenged him on it. Was it the gentlest approach? Definitely not. But I learned later it was quite effective. Afterwards, as he sat inside the Hangar, staring off into the distance, Thomas approached him and asked if he was okay- to which he said:

“The guy with the beard said something to me”

I wasn’t present for this part, but apparently it opened up into a great conversation between the two of them. I was blunt and honest and, thankfully, Thomas was there to pick up the pieces for him.

I’m constantly challenged and learning from my coworkers, grateful to be serving alongside with them.

Before I sign off, there are a few updates I want to share with you all. The first being that I would like to formally invite you all to our Art Show on June 15 from 6-8pm at Hangar 17 at the Langley Airport. This is an annual event that I will get to experience for the first time, where we showcase art that teens from all of the local high schools, whom we connect with, contribute art to display, take pride in, and give you a glimpse into their lives. The art will be auctioned off and prints for sale, with the money being divided between the artists and our program so that we can keep on facilitating connection through art. I would love to see you many of you there, it’s going to be a good night.

In terms of giving, I’m currently at three days a week. There is $2833 coming into my account every month (with 37 monthly partners!), and I’m getting close to being able to be paid for four days a week of work. To hit that next marker of four days I need to have another $375 in monthly contributions. I am eager to hit this marker, as I find that there isn’t enough time in the week to make all the connections with teens, facilitate programs, and be in the schools as much as I would like. The need is great, the hours are limited, but my gratitude is unmatched. I am so thankful for all of my partners that enable this work to be done. I cant do it without you, so thank you for being a part of this- I’m unable to connect with you all as frequently as I’d like to, but rest assured I would love to share a meal or coffee with you all soon!

At the end of May as well, I will be flying out to Ancaster, Ontario for this year’s Summer Institute with Youth Unlimited. This is the first of two training weeks I will be completing over the next year that goes towards my credentialing. If you are unfamiliar with credentialing, it is similar to ordination for pastors in varying denominations but also allows me to take on more responsibility within GVYU, supervise staff, and officially certifies the running of programs. All things that I desire as I think forward into my future here with Youth Unlimited.

Thanks for journeying with me.

- Jon Pue


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