Showing posts from January, 2019

Expect the Unexpected

Through my training in Lifeteams and apprenticeship with Youth Unlimited, one thing I have come to learn about youth work is that the unexpected inevitably has a way of sneaking in and disrupting your carefully thought-through plan. The coffee shop you planned to work at is closed for the day, a youth doesn’t show up for your planned meeting, or it rains on the night of your outdoor event. In these situations, you can either see the unexpected as a disruption or an opportunity.  When you have the right mindset, the unexpected can often result in something even better than the original plan. This has been a process for me, one that I am very much still learning. Discovering that my apprenticeship contract concludes in February 2019 disrupted my plan of working through until June.  While difficult to draw my working with these students in Langley to a close, I choose to see it as an exciting opportunity that may in fact turn out better than my original plan.

Although I don’t have all o…

Left in Pieces

Some words I have heard from the youth:

“I don’t really have anywhere else I can be myself but here”

“Why do you guys care about me so much? I’m not worth it.”

“This is the only place I feel safe.”

Having now been working for Youth Unlimited for 8 months, I can honestly say it is the most difficult and yet most rewarding place I have ever been a part of. You are challenged - emotionally, physically, mentally, intellectually, and spiritually. You are confided in, questions are posed to you from youth and staff that leave you examining your entire life (thank you Danny), and your whole world can be turned upside down as things that have been hidden for so long inside you finally begin to rise to the surface. Working with youth and hearing their stories can leave you raw. Some months you don’t see any progress and then out of nowhere, youth you have been praying for and seen people pour into finally begin to open up in ways you would have never hoped for or imagined.

The people you work…

Family - Large & Small

Happy New Year Friends and Family!

I hope the holidays have treated you all well and you were able to enter into the new year surrounded by loved ones and ready for whatever 2019 will bring you.

For my small family, we enjoyed our Christmas season with family, friends and a quick trip to the island to visit some dear friends of ours. Roland is in full toddler mode and we are having a blast with his constant new discoveries and words and find ourselves laughing with him everyday with his big personality. For Kirstie, she is heading into a couple months of schooling to complete her emergency specialty program. This will be the first time in our relationship that we wont have shift work in our lives! Pretty exciting for us as we’ll get to experience a different normal.

For my bigger family with our teens here in Langley, Christmas season can be a tough time because unlike a lot you reading this, family isn’t always the best or safest place for them. I think especially of a young friend …

Worthy of Love

Working in a team can be tough yet so rewarding. With Youth Unlimited, you are working alongside staff who have the same passion and goals in mind - that is to love youth, see the best in their lives and introduce them to Jesus. It is very rare that we get to see stories fully through with youth; often small parts of their lives fall through the cracks. As a team ,we debrief after our Wednesday programs. We talk about the night and share any highlights and low moments from the evening. Just before Christmas, a couple of us put together the pieces of a beautiful story that came about throughout that particular evening. If it wasn’t’ for us sitting down after to look back at the night, we would have never seen the story come to life that brought many of us to tears.

This story is about a girl named Holly (name has been changed). She has been going through a lot of mental health issues as well as expressing to us multiple times the lack of love and friends she has. She comes regularly t…