1 Corinthians 15:58- Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Questioning the Work
Doing youth outreach ministry can be a very difficult work, but doing youth outreach ministry in “the Hood” can be like a triathlon! There are many things that make it a very heavy and demanding work. I have days when families call me because they have no lights, out of work dads asking for help making job resumes, kids asking for advice for their “friend” who often cut themselves and they don’t know if their lives are worth it. Some days I’ve spent taking care of teens that got kicked out of their homes. I spend so much time planning trips, running programs, writing lessons, training volunteers, visiting parents, working with the community schools, and having endless amounts of meetings, that I begin to wonder if all this being busy is worth it? There is nothing heavier than the question, “Are we making an impact for Jesus?” I’ve struggled with if we are really helping people to come to know the Lord and to live out their faith.
Unexpected Encouragement from ‘Nisha
After a long Thursday, we were dropping kids off from our Life Builders mentoring program. As we arrived at a young lady’s home named Antwanisha, she became hesitant to leave the van. She began to say that things that I didn’t anticipate. I expected her usual “bye, Coach!” But I saw she had something on her mind.
‘Nisha opened her mouth to say that her life began to change since she began attending our programs.
She told me that she now reads her bible and prays more than she ever has before. I asked her what made her change. She answered me by saying “ You guys.” She went on to say being around everyone at Life Builders has shown her that she can live different. She said that her new friends and mentors are teaching her how to live for God. She then hoped out the van and said “bye, Coach!” just like nothing happened. Her words of encouragement breathed new life into me in an instant! God used her to remind me that work in the Lord is never in vain! I’m so thankful for the calling God has given me! God has been very kind to give me the encouragement I need to not give up on the youth and families I serve.
-Martell Hixson, Oasis Youth Developer