8:30 am - April needed the car today so she dropped me off at starbucks.
8:40 am - Cup of coffee in hand I sat down and started to grade papers for the Systematic Theology class that I teach. I was having a great time reading the students thoughts on their church's statements of faith.
9:00 am - I am interrupted by a youth unlimited supporter who sees me grading papers. As we talk he shares with me how he would like to return to school for a masters degree. I love the opportunity to share life with those who support our work as well as the youth.
9:30 am - I get a call from one of my staff. She was out late last night with a youth and needs a good debrief session. We arrange a time for her to meet with me at startbucks later today. I also get a call from a teen who had to ride in an ambulance last night and didn't know what why their dad couldn't breathe. She was having a bad day.
10:00 am - My co-worker Carmen comes in and sits with me and we discuss some philosophy and theology. She shares with me that she just found out that she needs a new place to live. I am finding my job is becoming more and more focused on my team. I love to sit and listen to them. They need a good leader to support them and I feel that God has called me to that.
10:15 am - Derian, my other co-worker comes by. We all meet Monday morning to pray together and to share our plans for the week. Also there was a lot going on over the weekend. Derian was sharing his frustrations about one youth in trouble with the law. We often collaborate because there are no easy answers for the situations we face.
11:00 am - One of our interns walks in with a friend at the same time Shauna comes in to join us in our team time. This place really is our office.
11:30 am - One of the youth that graduated last year came by to hang out and chat. We split into two groups and I shared some concerns and tears with Shauna over a few things that are happening with some of the kids right now. The other group works on my massive crossword puzzle.
12:00 pm - I walk across the parking lot to Subway to share lunch with Derian and our young friend. We are interrupted by a friendly face. This guy often happens on where we are and offers prayers for us as we go throughout our day.
12:30 pm - I get a call from a pastor that is working on an article for me on the link between sexuality and spirituality. Should make for a good read and discussion starter with youth.
1:00 pm - I continue working on my class work while Carmen and our teen friend work on the crossword puzzle. There are many side conversations.
1:30 pm - Carmen leaves to go prepare for her Monday book club and I turn off the computer to talk about life with this teen. While we are chatting the wife of the pastor I just talked to comes in and sits at the table next to us. I introduce my young friend to her.
2:30 pm - Students from the school start coming by and I enter various conversations with them as they pass by. Other people in Starbucks are drawn into some of them. One lady helped us figure out the capital of Ontario, and an elderly man showed me a video of a dog on his computer.
3:00 - I am working on my computer grading more papers when several people from my church come in. I am able to share with them some of the things I've talked about with youth today. I hope it encourages them, because it encourages me to share them.
4:00 - One of my volunteers comes in for a meeting. I love this guy - he is more of a friend than a volunteer. I love it when our team binds together. We talk about everything under the sun and God's calling on his life to possibly join our staff team.
5:00 - I have Brad (my friend/volunteer) give me a lift home.
5:30 - I'm waiting for April to come home and I check facebook. I get two message right away. One is from a teen that simply says: "I'm really scared." the other says "I don't feel human".
9:00 pm - I st at my computer thinking about my day and realize that i crossed paths with a lot of people today (even more than I've mentioned). I've been on the virge of tears, I've laughed, I've prayed, I've dreamed, I've hoped, I've spoken, I've listened, I've learned, and I've taught. Not a bad day. Thanks for reading.