Last night, a bunch of them came to Celebration Church, and to me.
It was awesome. We laughed. We cried. We hugged.
We went there.
We talked about stuff some people are never brave enough to speak of. We tackled the tough issues.
We were strengthened.
"Can we do this all the time, PD? Like everyday?" they said.
"Ummmm....everyday? Can we gather in person with this group every single day at the church?" I said..."In person...realistically, probably no. But can we get together on a regular basis in person? YES. Absolutely. Yes!!!" (And we can get together every day, on Facebook in between times!)
Last night I gave each of the young ladies a stack of small papers and a pen as they came in. We sat in a circle. A bucket was placed in the center. I told them at any time during the evening they could get up and put a question in the bucket that they didn't feel comfortable to ask out loud.
A lot of questions were asked out loud, but probably a dozen of them were placed in the bucket. After a brief teaching on mentorship, we discussed all the questions.
After this meeting last night, I am more encouraged than ever about this generation. They want to grow. And they are craving our investment.
Let's not be afraid to go there. Let's answer what they are really wondering about. Let's face the world head on with this generation, and together be victorious in the journey of life.
*Photos courtesy of Rachael Rice