My dear friend and ministry partner Jeremy Affeldt has had another amazing year. He pitched 10 innings in postseason play, with 10 strikeouts and no earned runs contributing to the San Francisco Giants second World Series Championship in two years. Recently, Youthfront partnered with Generation Alive and AbleWorks to package 100,000 Something to Eat meals in East Palo Alto. Check out this TV interview.
Jeremy writes about it (To Stir a Movement);
If you watched Saturday’s video, you’ll know that we had a Something to Eat
event in early December. It was a huge deal for me. It was hard to be
away from my family, and hard for my wife since she was alone with our
three little boys. But I asked God, and God covered us, man. Her parents
came to help, and she flew in to see me.
We had over 400 kids packaging meals that day, to send to Haiti,
Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. We held the event at Cesar Chavez
Middle School, in East Palo Alto. The kids were middle school and high
school age, plus there were some families that came in with their kids
and volunteered to help. We had kids from the College Track program too. We had a whole spectrum. It was really cool.
There were four or five shootings just in the last month in East Palo
Alto, and nineteen murders on the year. It’s a very high gang area. And
so we saw something awesome that day. We saw these kids come out and
show that they still want to love somebody. They showed that they want
to find joy in something. This was Jesus.
had so many people show up that wanted to help, that we couldn’t even
put everyone to work. So we asked the kids, “Who wants to take a break?”
We had over 400 kids there, and not one of them wanted a break. Nobody
volunteered to leave. So we had to have some of the adults step out,
because not a single kid volunteered to take a break.
That is a fulfilling thing! One of the captains in the East Palo Alto
Police Department came in to check out the event, and he told us, “This
is unheard of in this community. This is not normal, what these kids
are doing. This is awesome.”
That’s fulfillment for me. That’s part of the smile that I crave from
God every day, and I felt it, because I didn’t do anything! I talked to
the kids, I encouraged the kids, I helped out a little bit, but those
kids did everything. I didn’t package any meals. Maybe I helped out a
bit where I was needed, but these kids did the work, man, and they did
it with joy. They had fun. I saw the smiles on their faces. I saw
encouragement. What an awesome opportunity for these kids! I was just so
thankful for it. And the community came together, and adults came in to
hang out with these kids. I was so excited to see that. That’s what
it’s all about.
I was fulfilled because I got to see 400+ kids package 100,000 meals
and realize that they love like Jesus. They used unconditional love.
They loved their neighbor as themselves. They fed people they’ve never
seen before, and probably never will see, people from Haiti and
Dominican Republic and Guatemala that they worked all day packaging food
for. And they did it because they said, “We want to help people who are
hungry.” Yes. It was Jesus.
Yesterday was packed with meetings. A meeting with an architect, with a pastor, with a publisher, with a friend, with a fellow staff person, back to back to back. I heard in one of my early meetings about a shooting in Connetticut, but no details. It wasn't until early afternoon that I became aware of the gravity of this tragedy. I went into another meeting and avoided the news. At the end of my day I finally turned on NPR as I drove home. I could hardly drive as I wept all the way home. At one point I had to pull off the road. These children are the age of Lexi, our beautiful granddaughter. I was just in her kindergarten classroom a couple of weeks ago surrounded by her friends. How could this happen? I woke up this morning and the tears are still flowing. My heart hurts for the children who are dead today; for the parents, grandparents, families and friends who are devastated to the point that life seems unbearable; for the first responders who walked into a kindergarten room full of lifeless children; for all of us who want to be caught up in the hope of an inbreaking future of peace and joy. My heart hurts. Death is our enemy. My friend Tim Suttle asks the question I ask when I'm honest about the reality that while I long for resurrection, restoration and the shalom of God's future this world constantly reminds me of its tragic nature...
How long Oh Lord?
"It takes all of my strength to say this: I
refuse to believe that evil wins. I refuse to allow this to breed
bitterness in my heart, to make me hate. When I am faced with
unspeakable evil I will refuse to lash out, and I will only love, love,
love. I will believe that love is stronger than hate. I will continue to hope in the face of evil and it will be my ultimate act of defiance.
So, don’t get used to it.
Don’t become numb to it.
avoid the pictures and pretend like the world is not coming apart at
the seams for these teachers, children, their families, and their
community. Never get used to the darkness. “Rage, Rage, Rage, against
the dying of the light.” Weep with those who weep, to be sure, but never
let evil tempt you to hate. Refuse to let this be one more thing that
causes us to lunge at each other’s throats. The most radical thing to do
right now is continue to pray and act and think and live in hope. Hug your children. Pray for those who have been ravaged by this madman." Tim Suttle. See more of his thoughts here.
Youthfront Youth Worker Learning Cohort is designed to feed the soul
and continued formation of youth workers. Through ten, 60-90 minute
video conference sessions with Mike King and Erik Leafblad, this year’s
cohort will help us think deeply about the formation of our lives as
pastors, whether we bear that official designation or not. Bringing the
wisdom of those who have gone before us into conversation with our own
contexts of ministry, in a dialogical setting, we hope to assess,
rethink and affirm one another in the high calling of ministry with
year participants will also have a chance to dialogue with some
leading thinkers in both pastoral ministry and youth ministry,
- Andrew Root - Sarah Arthur - Ian Cron - Kenda Creasy Dean
We have a key position at Youthfront that we are trying to fill right now. Check it out and see if this is something you might be interested in. If you are contact Harrison Tedder King at HKing@Youthfront.com
Position Title: Development Associate
primary purpose of this position is to assist in the efficiency and
cohesiveness of the development team. This person will be relied upon
for many administratively-related tasks, as well as helping as needed
with the implementation of tasks pertaining to Youthfront's fundraising,
marketing, advertising, social media, and communications strategies.
These tasks can and will range from computer-intensive ones to highly
interpersonal ones where he/she will be interacting with various
colleagues and constituents in Youthfront's network.
Expectations on the Job:
Being able to work on a team in order to apply the strategies crafted
by leadership in terms of the marketing and development fields
Business Administration: Utilizing skills in spreadsheet and database management, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite
Managing and forecasting trends in social media like Facebook, Twitter,
and assisting in increasing Youthfront's presence in Social Media
Active Fundraising - annual and recurrent giving programs, major gifts,
donor solicitation and relationship management, grant-writing, and
working with Youthfront's various commercial and business
Special Event Planning: working on the silent auction, family fun-day, and alumni events team
This person will report directly to Harrison Tedder-King; Director of Development.
Full-time employee (minimum 40 hrs/week) - Salary
Must be able to come into the office on a daily basis
Bachelor's Degree - preferrably non-profit management, business administration, or a similar field
proficiency in computer systems - office, spreadsheet management, database management etc.
strong interpersonal and professional skills
fits the youthfront culture
abides by all policies and procedures outlined in the Youthfront staff-handbook
minimum 2 years work-related or internship-related experience