Met a long time friend for coffee this afternoon.
Talked about kids, church, college, gap years, social media, health, her new job.
We talked about her new job – “It’s great! I get to do what I love 6 days a week!” (Did I mention she was my kids youth director prior to this?)
“Hey have you got a few minutes – you should come see our building?” It was a short drive.
As I pulled in the driveway, and throughout the tour, I thought, “You might have saw an old church building, I see new opportunities.”
You might see a building that is not in very good condition, I see a place that can be a solid foundation for kids with a less than solid foundation in their lives.
You might see the worn carpet and the creaky doors as a sign of struggle, I see it as God using His people to meet these kids where they are at.
You might see an old tired building that’s “past it’s prime” and not really good for much. I see a building that is full of stories.
Stories of good.
Stories of sadness.
Stories of life.
Stories of God.
Stories of God at work.
Stories of God’s people pushing back the darkness.
And many stories to come.
It’s called New City Kids and starting next Monday, they will kick off their 2018-2019 season of making a difference in the lives of inner city kids in Grand Rapids. Kids who need someone to care about them. Kids who need to hear about the love of Jesus.
Throughout the coming year, there will be a lot of kids showing up a New City Kids. There will be a lot of stories coming out of and through that old building.
Some of them will be happy.
Some of them will be sad.
Some of them will be easy.
Some will give you hope.
Some will make you hurt for the next generation.
I hope to be able be in a position to share the stories with you as time moves on.
I hope you’ll join with us and help influence these kids.