Working with the Stars of Tomorrow teens has been exceptional. Not only because of the opportunity to minister, but also for the rare and extraordinary moments that I am able to see Immanuel, God with us, through ordinary and every day interactions where God uses the teens to minister to me. Whether through the questions during bible studies or one-on-one discussions with teens during a weekend outing to the ice-skating rink, the Lord never fails to warm my heart with his ability to show me his presence in our lives and those that I am able to spend time with at the Star of Hope.
Initially quiet and distant, Shane always stayed in the background not really taking any leadership roles in class and rarely doing more than what was expected of him just to get by. During his time at Camp Good News, I met up with his cabin as they were going through a team building exercise that required them to go through a rope course blind-folded. When the teens were asked to comment on how they were able to get through a majority of the teens spoke of Shane’s ability to step up and be a leader not only during this exercise but the whole week at camp.
Shane had been asking his cabin mates and counselors how he can become a man of God and overcome anger problems he had been dealing with. Seeing Shane and the remarks of his peers in that moment only reinforced what I have seen God do so many times with our teens and other individuals I have come across in my life. I knew in that moment that it was only for God’s hand on his life and our commitment to giving the teens the best gift that has ever been offered to us... deliverance through his Holy Word. In that moment I was able to see God with Shane, just as I had with so many other teens as he was shaping and impacting their lives through us and in all his glorious might allowing them to do the same for us.
“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only son.” John 1:14