So I’ve taken up the challenge from Andy at Issues For The Christian Youthworker to think about the young people that have impacted me and my work.
There are quite a few who I could name for a number of reasons, so I’ll try and be concise.
Rosie, Anna and Emily have all taught me a lot over the years. I’ve been really blessed by the way in which they have chosen to serve others by becoming leaders and how they now give of themselves week after week. I count them a privilege to know as they’ve suffered through all the mistakes I made as I figured out how to do this youth work thing! Dan and Josh also fit into this category. I’m proud of the men they’ve become!
In a different context, there have been some young people that have taught me invaluable lessons through the horrendous circumstances they lived in. I worked with ‘PJ’ over a number of years through his drinking, smoking and thieving which started aged 10. Seeing the life he led and his home situation opened my eyes to the reality that many young people have to put up with. Nathan and Paul were other examples where I worked through issues of neglect, physical and emotional abuse with the various authorities. I rarely see any of these individuals now as they’ve moved elsewhere. I only hope that I was able to sow some positive seeds into their very difficult situations.
There are so many more that I could mention, but don’t have the space! A big thank you to all those amazing individuals who I have had the pleasure to get to know over the years and have shaped my work. You’re amazing!