To My Cross Roads Family,
It seems like only a short time ago I was walking into the church fair at Anderson University. I was walking around the room looking for churches that were in need of youth volunteers. The only one with it posted was Cross Roads. There was no one standing at the booth, just some lady sanding to the side throwing balls at other freshman (I later learned this may have been Sharon). I wrote down the phone number and called the next day. The next week I was invited down for an interview. I thought it was odd that I was to interview for a volunteer position. Regardless, I took my little green bike down Scatterfield road from Anderson. Considering I almost got hit about 8 times, I knew God was with me.
I am not one to hear God speak to me. That week, I had an overwhelming feeling that this is what I would be doing in college. God had called me here to the City of Anderson, to be a Youth Director. God gave me the confidence and peace of mind in the decision.
My first time visiting on a Sunday, I was greeted by a kiss on the cheek. It was one of the friendliest receptions I have every received. At that point, nobody knew what I was. My first impression of the congregation alone was amazing. After the service, I was introduced to two youth members- Andy Cox and Ashley Grabowski. This was easily one of the most awkward conversations of my life.
When I first took this job, I had no intention of leaving after college. We knew this was a possibility, but hoped it would not happen. In the case that it did, we wanted to build up leaders within the church. Over the past three years, Andy, Ashley and Rob have become strong leaders. Watching God mold each of them has been a blessing. I truly believe that each of them will continue to be amazing youth leaders, no matter where they are. This holds true for Andrea and Steven as well. Both have been a cornerstone of this youth program, exemplifying what it means to be a youth leader.
April 30th will be my last week serving as your Youth Director. Cross Roads has been a blessing. I have a family here. This has been my church home. It has been my school. I have learned as much here, as I have in four years of schooling at Anderson. I encountered God in ways I never could have imagined here. The relationship I have with Pastor John will always be cherished. You will never find a more supportive senior pastor.
From the bottom of my heart I say thank you for your love and support over the past four years. I have seen God work in Cross Roads, and specifically in the youth. We are told that once God is with you, he will not let you go. As we talk about change this year, we know there is something that will not. That something is the love of God. No matter who is running the youth program, God will always love our youth, and have a purpose for them.
To the students: It is with tears in my eyes I write this. Leaving this place is one of the hardest things I have done. The relationships we have built mean more to me than you will ever know. I am no Bible scholar. If you take one thing away from our time together, I hope it is this: The God of the Universe crafted me with his own hands. I am not perfect; therefore I need the sacrifice of Jesus. On that cross, Jesus showed Gods love for me. And asked each of us to share that message of truth and hope. You are loved.
In His Love,
YOUTH SUNDAY - April 30, 2017
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