Things I've Overheard
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‘Thanks to Youth Unlimited, I can now make eye contact with men. I never had a safe male figure in my life before.’
‘Wednesday’s are my family. This is my safe space.’
‘Church isn’t safe. [The hangar] is safe.’
‘I stay at school as long as I can because it’s too hard to be home.’
‘I guess I should start considering that God may be real.’
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of praying for a student who wanted healing from their childhood relationships with their family. They did not believe in God but felt they were at a place where they didn’t know what else to do. That same night, I listened to a student share with me how home was no longer a place where they wanted to be. The situation there had become too overwhelming and they chose to stay at school as late as possible in order to avoid facing home.
A week earlier, a co-worker of mine helped to diffuse an anxiety attack a student was experiencing as they felt as though all of their safe places were crumbling around them. When it felt like everything was crashing around them they were able to say, ‘Wednesday’s are my family. This is my safe space.’
Walking alongside these youth can be heart breaking for me. Hearing their stories of rejection and longing can often leave me feeling drained after our Wednesday programs. There are many weeks where my coworkers and I end our evening in desperate prayer for these youth.
Perhaps the greatest part of this job is being able to walk alongside these youth in their victories, not just at their lowest points. I had a conversation with a student who shared that because of Youth Unlimited, they feel comfortable enough around males to make eye contact with them. Many others have expressed a feeling of safety, comfort and family at the hangar that they do not experience in other areas of their life. How awesome it is to be a part of this!
If you pray, I ask that you would consider keeping the above three mentioned students in your prayers as they deal with hurts that are a reality of their every day lives.
On a non-work related note, Matt and I are ecstatic to announce that we are expecting our first baby in May of 2018. We are so excited to share this news with you and grateful that God has entrusted us with this miracle, as it has been something we have longed for.
Thank you, our friends and family, for being a part of our lives in this way. We are grateful for your support, love and prayers.
- Megan Adam