Friday, June 8, 2012

Our Young Senior Citizens

When we moved to Davis as a newly married couple we knew we wanted to get involved in high school ministry. After all, as some of you may well know, we met while presenting high school leadership conferences. What we didn't know was how much volunteering as youth leaders at University Covenant Church would enrich our marriage, our Davis experience, and our personal faith journeys.

Oh, there have been euphoric ups and gut-wrenching downs. There have been book clubs, camping trips, chai tea, and more ounces of frozen yogurt than a mere human being could ever comprehend. There have been soccer games, track meets, insect identification sessions, and surprisingly enjoyable 18-hour car rides. The girls have provided plenty of unsolicited family planning advice, and the guys have offered similar advice, but without the "planning" component.

This week, the youth we have mentored for the past three and a half years will graduate from high school. We are so proud of who they have become. Nate, one of the self-proclaimed "bros" that make up the senior guys group,  recently shared how it has taken him four years to realize that being a Christian and being in community with Christians is "cool" and that he realized how life is so much more fulfilling when you walk with God. Pretty profound stuff! We are so grateful for their willingness to open up their lives and allow us to walk with them during this time.

Paul sums up our prayer for the "Summit Seniors" pretty well...
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy.

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