A few weekends ago, we hosted 10th-12th grade girls at our house for DNow weekend.
Aaron commented he has been a participant in DNOW, led DNOW as a small group and worship leader, run DNOW as a youth pastor, and now he’s hosting. It has come full circle for him.
I was “married to a youth pastor” ( a middle school pastor) for five years, and I carried that role well. Since then, I have stayed connected to youth ministry. But we have both dived back in over the past six or so months and have had the joy of working with high school students.
I throughly enjoyed middle schoolers when that was our role, and I have grown to love high schoolers so much. Some of them have served with me in Kid Min, and we have engaged in their discipleship process heavily in the last six months.
Back to DNOW and these girls at our house.
I loved it!
I love that we started with them as middle schoolers, and now they have grown and matured in their walk with the Lord.
My favorite part of the weekend was gathering around our kitchen island and just talking. Sharing memories from middle school days, finding YouTube videos and pictures, and just being together.
The girls were enjoying being together and being with us. They know they are cared about and loved by us. They know our home is safe place.
And in my Kid Min minister role, I am so excited and so thankful when leaders say yes to kids.
When they say yes to showing up for kids.
And this past weekend, my husband and I got to say “yes” to students.
Saying yes matters. Showing up matters. Creating safe space matters.
So if you are showing up for kids and students, please know it matters.
And if you haven’t said yes to kids and students. You should. It changes the game for them.
And for you.