Showing posts from August, 2018

Victories & Struggles

Attending graduation Hey everyone! We are in the full-swing of summer with 30+ degree weather out here! With the sun comes the opportunity to slow down and reflect on the past school year. May and June are some of the toughest months working with teenagers. With the end of the school year, students’ lives are filled with exam stress, fear and anxiety heading into a summer at home, uncertainty about the next school year or unclear future plans, and a whole lot of exhaustion after giving life everything they’ve got for months on end. However, the end of the school year is also a time for goals being completed, graduation ceremonies and sighs of relief as they switch school supplies for bathing suits for a couple months! I wanted to share some of these awesome end of the year victories with you. This time last year, I was working with a grade 11 student who was struggling to keep himself alive due to mental illness and tough circumstances. After months of just keeping his head ab

The 11's

Wednesday night programs By the end of the school year, our drop-in program had become too well attended.  This may sound like success but with such a high number and the demographics of the youth it was overwhelming. The energy needed to maintain safety, coordinate details like food and transportation, as well as, being attentive to the myriad of needs of the youth would leave us exhausted and irritable. It was beginning to affect the morale and unity of the team.   In times like these, it’s best to go back and look at things from the beginning, when Jesus first inspired generations of Christ followers to go and engage in this mission. Here are his words: ‘Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name