Endings and Beginnings
2020 has been similar to a drama-filled movie; full of suspense, compelling characters and a plot line that keeps you at the edge of your seat. But I believe I can speak for many of us when I say that the movie has gone on far too long and any more plot twists may have us getting up and leaving the theatre.
Langley Youth Unlimited has not gone unscathed in that we have also needed to adapt, adjust and overcome many different scenarios. Our youth work went fully virtual back in March and we have been relieved that as restrictions have been loosening, we have been able to resume in-person youth work. It may be masked, distanced and have the slight scent of hand sanitizer, but we are so grateful to be able to meet with our young people in person again. And we know that it has been a huge relief for a lot of them as well.
Our team was also incredibly grateful to be a part of our normal summer program, Gator Shades. This program is run out of Walnut Grove Secondary School and is aimed at students transitioning from elementary school into high school who may need a bit of extra help. The purpose is to equip them for success at a new school by providing them with a step by step orientation, connecting them to support workers within the school and allowing them to begin some new friendships with others who will be their peers. This program has been a large stepping stone for us as we enter into new school years as it automatically gives us connections with over 30 students. This year may have looked different, but it still provided us with the same opportunity and connection as past summers.
Perhaps the biggest change our team has undergone this summer is the relocation of our office space. As many of you know, we have had to move out of Hangar 17 at the Langley Airport which has been our home for the past 6 years. At the end of June, we were given word that our time had come to an end at Hangar 17 and we would need to be moved out by the end of September. We spent much of the summer packing, downsizing and selling our items. At the end of August, we received a call that something out the owner’s control had taken place and we had 24 hours to be out of the hangar! It was a whirlwind of moving but we managed to get all of our remaining items out in time and have now begun to set up a new office space at the Langley Vineyard Church in the heart of downtown Langley.
Summer has ended, school is beginning and the future holds a lot of questions. There is a lot of unknown and things that are changing but what remains the same is our love for God and youth. We know and we trust that God is in control and, since the beginning, He has never once left us feeling alone or forgotten. Thank you for journeying this wild ride with us. Without the support and love of our family, friends, churches and community, we would have left the theatre a long time ago.