Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Questioning Life

Allow me to introduce you to one of the most useful youth work tools I have ever seen: Carmen's Question Ball.

My coworker Carmen spent hours meticulously writing all sorts of questions upon this ball. Questions ranging from the bizarre to the brutal. (i.e. What do you have in common with a carrot? Vs If you died tonight what would you want said about you at your funeral? Etc). The way it works is you throw it at someone and when they catch it you ask them to answer the question under one of their fingers (e.g. Under your right pinky finger).

This past Thursday we through the ball around the group. We laughed at some answers, we sat in stunned silence of others. We were able to her to know eachother better. As the night moved on we spent some time thinking of more questions we could ask eachother. We collected these and put them in a hat. Throughout the rest of the evening we tackled the questions that came up.

Favorite super hero?
Favorite band?
What is your picture of God?
Why does it seem like God doesn't give a rip about me?
Why do I hate myself?

There were more. Lots more. I'm not sure anyone walked out of the room with answers but hopefully they found a place where they feel safe to ask them. Who knows we may even figure out some of these things together.
Danny Ferguson
Langley Area Director
Greater Vancouver YFC / Youth Unlimited

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