It seems like life here has a way of upsetting my perception of Time. I'm pretty sure that it doesn't cease to be linear, but I'm positive that there is not a constant rate of Time throughout the days/weeks/months. One day I'll be in a meeting planning events for the month with the youth team, and the next day I'm trying to remember to post pictures of the most recent event on our facebook page. And the day after that we're planning events for this next month.
We just had our month planning meeting with the whole BlueSky team yesterday. It's funny how in those meetings Time doesn't even pretend to be keeping it's regular, steady pace. It taunts me by slowing to a crawl and taking breaks when ever it wants. Sometimes it even teams up with Conversation and goes in circles.
For last month, we decided to take the first few events with the students kind of slowly by not running a full program and focusing more on building relationships. Since we knew we would be meeting in houses and not in our own youth room, which will be built inside our climbing gym, we decided that it might be too odd for us to try to have music, skits, games, and talks. Instead, we just made our BlueSky events the "place to be" on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons for the Highschoolers and Middleschoolers respectively. We did a pretty decent job of it, too. Not every event had the same attraction, and some fell on the same day as large parties or school retreats or torrential downpours that managed to mangle roads and the cars on them, but kids still came.
Now we have established ourselves as a group of people who care about the lives of students beyond merely a fleeting interest. Unfortunately, we still don't have our youth room as the funds for constructing it haven't fully arrived. As a result, we decided in our most recent meetings to forego the awkwardness of being in someone else's home and to run our programs as best we can with what we've got. Now we have scheduled people for talks, skits, games, songs and the like. We are using the basic structure of the YoungLife program, since many of the BlueSky team knows it and participated with YoungLife in the past.
It always astounds me to see how God has brought all of us from so many different backgrounds together to run this ministry, but with a unity that can only come from him. It really is a blessing to be here with all these people, striving for the same goal of sharing the love of the all-encompassing God to kids who don't know what life is outside of all the compartments they've sequestered themselves in.
Just wanted to let you guys know the direction we are headed this month and ask you to keep us in your prayers as we transition to our new style of program. We want to boldly speak God's Word while humbly live alongside these students.
Thanks for your prayers and support!