why we do youth ministry.

 

Trever Carter is an amazing young man that we have had the honor to get to know quite well over the years as he has been a part of iMPACT, our high school ministry at Immanuel Church.  He is compassionate, funny, and has a servant’s heart.  Jesus looks good shining through him. He is a blessing to iMPACT through the way he serves and loves, and a personal blessing to our family. He is even on time, thoughtful, and responsible…AND 16.
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hospital love.

 

I am weird, {for more than this reason, I know} but I really like hospitals.  I like being the patient and the mother.  I feel safe. When I am the patient, I have trained people caring for me and I don’t burden my loved ones.  I am also more forgiving and patient with strangers, and a sucker for pain meds.

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Who cares?

We all have a desire to be liked. To be in the “in” crowd. To be successful.

I think sometimes that desire is projected onto our children, and maybe for typically developing children’s parents, that pressure that they put on their children to be successful is so the child AND the parent looks good. For example, if our student is getting straight A’s, we also must be smart or disciplined, or if they are good at athletics, we too, are the mom or dad that everyone says hello to at the games.  Maybe it is our child that makes the newspaper, and yes, we are proud of our child, be we don’t mind sharing some of the light….I mean, we did teach them everything they know, right?!

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January: WinterXtreme X2

January always brings about winterXtreme, and now my latest title at Immanuel is Director of Student Community, I officially plan retreats- which also means I attend retreats. So-two weekends in January are spent going to Timber-lee Christian camp. The first trip up is with our Junior High group, the second trip is with our High School Ministry. We had about 65 kids in each group attend and as always, it was a great time. The weekend Junior High went the weather was so warm the lake wasn’t safe to go on! That was a first. It is always so nice to get out and see the kids in a different environment for an extended amount of time. The girl talk with the high schoolers tops the list for me this year! Choo-Choo and rollin’ in chocolate, ladies!!! Another treat was the nature center. Jay Jenison is usually behind the camera….so it was fun being able to catch a few photos of his family, too!



















Sept 16: Matt’s Game

One of my greatest honors is working with high school youth. Ironic, since Jayden and Brooklyn’s teen years will look much different than all the ones I work with. Part of our journey was grieving the loss of possibly never going to a dance recital for Brooklyn, a track meet or basketball game of Jayden’s, seeing them go to prom, or maybe even youth group. Yet, every week, twice a week, our life and home is full of teenagers.

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Mighty indeed!

This week has been a bit of a ride emotionally for me. On Thursday, I celebrated my 29th birthday. Weird. I struggled to be “happy” that it was a day to celebrate me! In the past, I couldn’t think of anything better than a ME day! Now that everything happened…I just couldn’t fully get into celebrating me, and instead wanted to celebrate other people and God…weird, huh?

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