As I returned home from a 28-hour “One Heart” retreat in Atlanta, Georgia, the phrase above continued to run through my mind. The purpose of the One Heart retreat is for any new full-time missionaries joining the ministry of Youth for Christ to align their hearts with Christ’s heart in this new calling. Since June 1, 2021, I have officially served as a full-time staff with YFC. Over the last few months, I have seen teenagers begin a new relationship with Jesus, new volunteers coming to serve, and financial support from different people and in different ways.
Having worked in kitchens since the end of high school, I always based my work performance on praise from the food I made or the amount of money on my paycheck. However, the calling of being a Christ-centered leader at YFC requires me to understand God’s ways outweigh my performances. Luke 10:38-42 states,
“As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I was being like Martha not Mary. I am learning that a leader for Christ must be a follower by sitting at the feet of Jesus.
As I make over 150 youth contacts in a week, I must remind myself, the volunteer leaders, and teenagers that we are not following or serving ourselves- we are following and serving Jesus!!! God is continuing to change my life in this journey as a missionary and allowing me to see changes in the lives of at-risk teenagers. As Christmas and the beginning of the New Year approaches, you may have been wanting to get involved with Youth for Christ through serving or giving. We cannot do this without you and would love to connect with you on ways you can impact the life of an at-risk youth locally. If you are interested, email me at [email protected] as the Lord leads you. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
I am looking forward to sharing with you soon about what God has done in the lives of at-risk youth during this holiday season.
Keep me in your prayers,