Greasy French Fries
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I had to figure out something else. The next week I decided to ditch my lesson plan and coordinated some rides to the local McDonalds. Skipping church that day and sharing greasy French fries was apparently the trick to winning approval of this particular group. From that point on, things were better.
Twenty-two years later, I still use this experience to train the young youth workers on my team and shape my own approach. So many adults in the lives of youth stop engaging or showing up. We have to be willing to engage with them in the places that they feel comfortable rather than try to get them to come where we feel comfortable. This is why, sometimes, hanging out in a McDonalds or a Starbucks can be more effective than getting them in a church building. Often times, years later, if they run into a situation, they think of us - the ones who sat through those awkward moments and shared greasy fries with them.
Thanks for investing in us to the point where we have the time to spend in the fast food places, schools and coffee shops. Think about a young person in your life that may just need you to skip out on a responsibility for one day and have you take them out for fries. With that memory you may earn their trust for the future.
- Danny Ferguson