Dedicated Youth Workers and Volunteers,
As you transition from an incredibly impactful and busy summer and face the task of planning for the upcoming school year, I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude to each and every one of you. I know what’s it like being in the trenches. The work you do is not merely a job, it’s a divine calling. It’s a testament to your unwavering commitment and passion to see middle and high school students find and follow Jesus. The echoes of your work are far-reaching, shaping not just students’ lives, but also the future of the Church.
This time of the year can undoubtedly be overwhelming. In the hustle and bustle of planning and preparation, I encourage you to find peace in the assurance that each effort, no matter how small it may seem, is an integral part of God’s grand plan. Each lesson planned, each event organized, and each conversation with a student contributes to a purpose larger and more profound than we can fathom.
In the face of stress and fatigue, let us not forget the importance of the work you are doing. Your service is molding young hearts and minds, instilling in them the values and principles of having a vibrant faith in Jesus. You are instrumental in guiding them through their unique journeys, nurturing their spiritual growth, and helping them to realize their God-given potential.
Lastly, remember that you are deeply appreciated. The time, energy, and heart you pour into your ministery does not go unnoticed. God sees your commitment, and He is thankful for your service. So, as you step into this new phase, carry with you the knowledge that your work is of the highest value, not just in our eyes, but in God’s eyes as well. Continue to shine His light with courage and conviction, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
USMB NextGen Staff