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Rachel's March Update

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Taylor:
 “You think you are dumb, don’t you?” With tears in her eyes she walks down the stairs away from her math class. “I know how it feels,” I explained to her, “Math was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me” I shared with her how exactly that looked in my life when I was in high school. She calmed down as we walked to the counseling office. As we began working through her math worksheets I could see the struggle in her eyes. The frustration and negative belief in herself was hindering her from focusing. If she didn’t instantly get it she would blurt out “I am too dumb for this” or “I can’t do this”. I assured her she wasn’t dumb, just frustrated, and the reason she was in school in the first place was to learn. If she knew it already she wouldn’t need to be there. To her amazement, she caught on quickly but still didn’t think she was capable even after completing the majority of the work. The following day we continued the math lessons.

Struggle:
The problem does not lie wi…

Items Needed!

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- Food to stock our cupboards! Students often attend our programs hungry for an after-school snack. Some favourites are buttery popcorn, fruit roll-ups, rice krispies and noodle cups.

- We now have a functioning kitchen at our hangar space which we anticipate will enhance our programs! If you have any essential kitchen items that you would be interested in donating, please contact Megan at 604-557-6507 or langleyyu@youthunlimited.com

Amy's March Update

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At this point I am not sure what to update you on. I currently feel like I am stagnant. Working with middle schoolers can sometimes feel like there is no progress being made. Sometimes it feels like everyone else on the team is having great success in building relationships with students and I am “stuck” in preventative youth ministry. This feeling is not real. It does not determine my success. I know that I am currently investing in younger youth to build long term, lasting relationships built on years of trust.

This is how I felt a few weeks ago and I continue to feel this way from time to time. Sometimes it is hard to gauge the connection I am having with middle school students. A lot of conversations seem to be surface level and of little importance, but I find it easy to forget what it means to the youth to have someone they trust to talk to.

I was feeling this way before spring break, until my phone lit up with multiple messages from different youth wanting to connect over the …

Does God Heal?

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Praying for healing feels like one of the hardest and riskiest prayers to pray. Almost every time I do I feel the need to make space for God not to heal with a “if it’s your will” at the end. I have prayed for healing before many times. There have been a few occasions where I’ve seen healing but most of time that isn’t the case.

Praying for healing can be an even scarier prayer when you are praying for people who are just beginning to consider who Jesus is. Actually, the few times I have seen healing have been for someone who was encountering Jesus at the beginning of their faith journey. This is where I found myself again last week.

During our Spiritual Life time, a student complained that they could not engage in the prayer exercise because of a migraine headache. As our time was wrapping up I asked if I could pray for them. I found myself saying these words; “Jesus I know you are real and that you love this young person. Would you show them this reality by healing their headache? …

A Phone Call from Jail

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You may not believe me, but getting a phone call from jail is good news. Great news, actually!  It means that she is still alive.

I’ve cried many tears over this kid who is hardly a kid anymore.  Although she is in her mid-twenties, I still picture her as the spunky and sassy 11-year-old that loved to sing and dance.  Those dreams were ripped away from her as she was recruited into the sex trade at the age of 14.  My coworkers and I spent many hours praying for the safe return of this young lady. We worked with police and ministry officials to connect her with help but try as we might, she kept slipping back into the lifestyle and the pull of drug addiction.  It was this experience that got my team and I involved in becoming local experts on sexual exploitation awareness and human trafficking prevention. In many ways, this work solidified our partnership with the school district. The brutal truth of our work was that this was never a concept that we were teaching, it was reality.  Th…

What Do We Do at Walnut Grove Secondary?

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I get to spend a lot of time working up at Walnut Grove Secondary School.

I’m there in partnership with the school to help provide emotional, relational, and practical support to their students. My connections there spill over into investment time outside of school and connecting them into our programs to facilitate deeper, life giving conversations.

The school has me set up with a room for teens to drop in on spares, their flex block (an all-school homework block), eat lunch in, or for me to work on planning and administration. I always keep my door open when I’m at the school, which means I always get interrupted whenever I sit down at my computer by a student, counsellor, or teacher - and that’s a very good thing.

Outside of my own hallway wanderings, I regularly get connected with students through the principals, counsellors, and some teachers. There is a lot of trust established between us and the school to the point where the staff will go out of their way to connect us with st…

Introducing: Danny

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Name: Danny Ferguson
Title: Area Director
Start Date w/ YU: July 1, 2003
Favourite Part of Working w/ Langley YU: Not doing the work alone. I hav an amazing team that have made each day an adventure.
What Brought Me to the Team: I was looking for a way to be more involved in the lives of community youth. YU gave me the opportunity not only to get involved but to dream about how to incorporate my skills, talents and hobbies into a holistic approach in caring for youth while showing them how to follow Jesus.

Spouse: April
Date I Was Married: April was my date at the wedding (August 24, 2002)
Kids: Joe 10, Avery 8, Micah 6, Caleb 4
Where I Grew Up: Lynden, WA, USA
High School: I didn’t attend a day of high school. Ironic, isn’t it? I was homeschooled and would visit my friends at their lunch break (pretty much the same thing I do as a youth worker).

Favourite:
Spare Time Activities: Art & Comics
Food: Steak
Book of the Bible: Daniel (duh) (No, I actually think my favourite book is E…