Monday, December 7, 2009

Youth Work Economics

I really have no interest in the stock market. The stress and emotions that are carried just by walking down "the street". I have more stuff to worry about let alone add in a major melt down when my life savings are cut in half over a .123568882315% drop in the graph.

But as I was reflecting over the past week I could think of no better picture as to what is happening in the youth work here in Langley. For example:

The CVV experienced a major drop when the she experience a lower production in grades than was expected for the quarter. This has caused a series of undesirable cutbacks in an already hostile environment. Combined with an addition of a new partner within the family dynamics the stability of this stock is in grave question. The spokeswoman for the company gave the impression that she didn't care anything about the continued longevity of the stock.

In other news the KTD has shown fluctuations as of late sometimes experiencing great peaks and valleys in the same day. The very foundations of the company appear to be in jeopardy and there are rumors that the family may split leaving employees with an impossible task of choosing the path of their future.

In a surprising turn of events the MGP took a huge drop after a series of unfortunate misunderstanding between investors and the company. Communications have been difficult and concerns are rising to the companies future.

ok. Ill stop. The point is that many people refer to the work I do as an investment. Investments fluctuate. There is risk. but the greatest risks hold the greatest payoff in the end. You just have to commit to them long term. Want to invest with me?

Danny Ferguson
Langley Area Director
Greater Vancouver YFC / Youth Unlimited

I love being married to April

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Monday I was in the midst of studying for the class I teach and I had my phone on silent.  When I picked it up in the afternoon I had so many missed calls from one young guy that I wondered what sort of crisis awaited me when I returned the call.  Things haven't been the greatest for him lately and we have had quite a few intense conversations about life, family, relationships, church and God.

I called his house and he immediately said,

"Danny I need your help.... Do you know how to make a resume?"

Goes to show how youth work is something different every day.  Yesterday may have been crises intervention - today it is employment counseling.  When you become a person of trust in the lives of youth you can not define success by those who instantaneously change, but by the ways in which you see small steps of growth.  In this case asking for help in a resume was a crisis to this young man because he had never asked for help in this area before.  I'm glad I could be there for him in this way as much as in the others.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Left - Left
Left - Right - Left

God specifically brought this picture to mind after I read the end of Galatians 5 where it mentions to stay in step with the Spirit.  It was a good reminder of my past when I was in a military drill team.  Keeping cadence - rhythm - is important to teamwork.  Being able to trust each other in the mundane task of walking means that you can trust each other in battle.  God left the simple word "step" in my head to help me refocus on him.

Later that day I was talking with a young lady who felt stuck in her life.  Her paralysis was a spiritual blockage that influenced the physical.  She simply could not move.  As we prayed together she was even unable to formulate words.  I offered to prayer with her and as we prayed she encountered a vision in which while she was walking along a beach toward Jesus that her feet were unable to move.  After a great deal of time she hadn't moved until God reminded me of the word "step".  I told her not to worry about the distance that needed to be traveled, but only to concentrate on the first baby step.  Even if it was just an inch at a time.  Then I "left". "Right". "Left". "Right" "Left" Right.

She started to move - she started to speak and soon she was running...Right into the arms of Jesus.

Step by Step