Excitement in the Air
Progress in the Youth Center has come rushing in faster than Spring! What started at a snail’s pace of fresh paint has escalated into new flooring, sound, lighting, staging and a developing game room! It has been a whirlwind of progress; ideas finding shape from the vision that has molded them. Having dreams and visions are one thing, but seeing the image take life right before your very eyes is surreal.
When we entertained the idea of opening a Youth Center at the corner of 13th and Duluth, a three story 1920’s brick building, we had no idea what the future would hold. Flash forward 4-5 months and our vision has come to life. Each piece of furniture smiles, reverberating future children’s laughter off every surface. Each wall hanging reflects the wandering eyes of future youth searching for hope and love. Every game an opportunity to build relationships and every chair a pulpit where ministry can happen.
Each day, our ministry becomes even more clear; Pettigrew Heights becomes even more real. The utopia we have envisioned will get shook. We must put in the work and roll with the punches. It is a learning process. We will be tried. We will be tested. We will be pushed outside of our comfort zones. We will break and sometimes we might even cry, but God will use us for His good work and glory!
The teens this youth center will draw most likely will not be your typical youth group kids. They will be wise beyond their years in areas they should not know. Some having more heartbreak in their few short years than some of us will have known our entire lives.
There is one common factor of these children and adults of all ages. We all NEED Jesus; each one of us. Whether we have grown up in the church or we have grown up on the streets, our need for Jesus remains the same. This is our goal; to reach the lost. To share the greatest message, gift, and treasure that one will ever know. The very heart of our youth center is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As much as finances are needed to run and operate the Youth Center, prayers are just as important. Pray for the space that it will become and remain a safe place where teens want to gather. Pray for our staff and volunteers who will be interacting with these teens on a weekly basis; for God to give them situational discernment and wisdom of words to speak into the lives of these teens. Finally, pray for the teens themselves that God will open their ears and let their hearts be in a place where seeds will be planted and lives will be transformed by the powerful message of the Gospel.
“May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace;” – Psalm 144:12 (ESV)