We have a guy in our church that has been an Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle Leader in El Paso for about 27 years or so. He has no real affiliation with either of the high schools that are represented at their FCA huddle, but he just enjoys being with the kids. This group averages anywhere from 85 to 100 kids on any given Monday night. They meet in the guest house of a family who used to have a son or daughter that was active in the group. It really is an incredible sight to see these kids packed into this place with really no other place to put any more bodies. They don't come because there's a great band or because Steve is a dynamic speaker or because there's good food. They come because they enjoy being together. The sad stat about this group is that 80% of them have absolutely no church affiliation. They just come to FCA because a friend invited them to come. Can you say mission field?
Steve and Jake have become good friends through Sunday School and a little group that meets at our church on Sunday nights called "Soldier Family Fellowship." In December, Jake went and spoke at the FCA huddle and Steve decided that we should both come back for a February meeting and talk about LOVE. So last night was our big night. We had no script or outline. We simply shared our stories and what has become our story. It was fun to reminisce, but it was also fun to be reminded of the grace and mercy that God has poured into our lives by giving us each other here on Earth.
We were so jazzed by this incredible opportunity to minister together, that we rarely get because I'm usually doing music or kids and he's teaching adults, that we didn't fall asleep until about 2 AM! God's given us a burden for this group of high school kids and now we've gotta figure out what to do with it. We would go hang out with them every Monday night if we had the funds to pay a babysitter every week.