wow, it is still hard for me to believe yac is gone...i was so stunned to get the news...
i had just seen him in england in september and was looking forward to the st. louis
youth specialties convention fall 03.
i remember how courageous the entire ys staff was in st. louis,
to keep on keepin on..to do mike's dream even in his absence.
i really don't know how tic and marko made it through ...not to mention karla.
ys has been such a gift in my life. i really consider marko and jeannie family and i've loved getting to know so many of the ys staff through working the emergent coventions and now the nywc ones this fall.
ys is amazing group of folks! passionate, caring, hilarious lovers of jesus!
i am so thankful for karla...i am especially thankful that she is bringing "soul care" to the conventions in such a powerful way. she really wants youth workers to "be still" and know god!, not just live in the "rah, rah, work til you drop and burn out" land of ministry.
i am also thankful to jeannie for bringing prayer into the "big space" of the general sessions this year, and i am blessed to hear and see marko step into the "big shoes" of the closing general session. (order the cd if you can't or didn't get to stay for the monday close) his talk is wonderful...transparent and passionate.
so i ask you to join me in praying for the ys staff today. and for mike's family and friends, for all who have been touched by his wonderful life. the staff will be together watching the dvd of mike's final talk...closing session from nywc charlotte, later today. i think i'll listen to that myself.
thank you jesus for mike, for karla, for marko and jeannie, tic, alex, shelley, beth and joe, renee, sarah, and all the amazing folks who work so hard at youth specialties! comfort them and encourage them today!
thanks jesus for mike's dream and his heart...for reminding us that it's ok to be messy, to be broken... that you are in the mess and you still use broken people to do wonderful things for the kingdom.
thanks for mike's reminder that "if you're not getting in trouble, you're not really doing youth ministry!"
help us each to get in loads of trouble furthering your kingdom in the lives of young people across the globe! and give yac a big hug from me today! amen!