Me and She in Haiti

me-and-she

There She is.

Me and She. I didn’t know until I left Haiti the first time, She was the reason I went. And She, is one reason I am going back.

Haiti is no joke. It was hard. And bringing an extremely large group of high schoolers there for a mission trip was a challenge. It was hard to lead students while I was experiencing and processing everything they were for the first time. The blind leading the blind, so to speak. Although I think I was learning more from them, then they learned from me.

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transitions, graduations, and change

Volunteering at Laremont School PTO Fundraiser
 
 
Change can be scary.
Messy.

And not conducive to a type A personality like me.

So needless to say, I have been wrestling with my emotions as I transition at work. For the past decade, I have had the honor of walking through countless transitions with students.  And in a few weeks, I am finally “graduating.”  In the midst of my personal transition, I have been thinking about all the lives that have intersected mine.

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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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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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