Expect the Unexpected

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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 of the details figured out yet, my coworkers at Youth Unlimited in Langley are working hard to help me finish well.  It will be hard to leave but I am thankful that this team will carry on loving these kids, and that they have extended me an invitation to continue on as a volunteer if it works with my plans. The way my team cares for me and the youth that we come alongside, makes this a place worth investing in. We will be in contact with each of you to determine how you would like to proceed with your monthly donations and I would love for you to consider the opportunity of investing in those staff that will be continuing to care for the youth that I have poured my heart into over these past couple of years.

I have learned a lot about myself in my time here and I want to continue to pursue my passion of working with young people.  I have applied to the University of the Fraser Valley for their Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care to begin studies hopefully in September 2019. My heart for the in-between time is not to simply “get by” or “survive” until this next opportunity comes but to actually learn how to thrive in the everyday. I am excited for the small opportunities to come in the everyday moments.

The opportunity to pause. The opportunity to reflect on all that I have experienced through my apprenticeship.The opportunity to continue learning about myself and build healthy rhythms. And the opportunity to carefully discern what is next for me.

I have so valued my time as an Apprentice with Langley Youth Unlimited. I have learned more about God, myself and youth than I could have ever thought possible. Much of the personal growth I experienced was in areas that I was not expecting at all. I have found that I have gathered a few answers and many, many more questions to wrestle with in the years to come. I am so incredibly thankful for each of you and for your encouragement, support and prayers over this past season. Your investment in myself and the youth of Langley has made a difference. I would love to share more with you about my journey through this year, as well as, the incredible stories of how God worked in the lives of the students I came alongside. Please feel free to be in touch if you would like to hear more, if you have questions or concerns, or if you’d like to just catch up!

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