Nothing like a few choice words to attempt to kill that Monday ministry buzz.
Some 2 dozen local children stormed our 8 day old kids’ ministry last week. This was it! We had moved venues from an industrial district to this residential area of Craigavon so we could reach and minister to these hurting families.
Then when I encountered a local government youth worker on Monday, she did her best to burst my ministry buzzing bubble. She proceeded to tell me this pack of children go from group to group taking a anything they can get.
And the buzzkill almost worked….until I responded to her “That’s so awesome…cause we’re only here to give to them.”
When I mentioned our intention to reach “At Risk Youth” to a City Council member recently, he said to me, “At Risk? These kids are In-Risk, half of them ARE the risk.”
Someone once told me having a child is the most awesome and awful thing in the world all at once. The best of times and the worst of times. Ministry is so similar. To help the hurting, we will experience hurt. To heal the broken, we will touch sickness. To find the lost, we will reach into darkness. It’s all worth the risk to see what Jesus does firsthand.