If you received Youthfront's Year End Report I hope you rejoiced along with us for so many great things that happened during 2014. As we look forward to 2015, filled with amazing potential, I am full of gratitude for our friends and donors, and for the blessings God has poured out on us.
In less than five months we must finish a major renovation and remodel of the Chapel at Youthfront Camp West. This means more kids can come to camp and experience transformation through Jesus Christ. We still need around $350,000 to finish this project. When we open the new Chapel we will have completed a three year capital project that has added $4.4 million in additions and improvements at Camp West. I'm so excited because these facilities will be used for decades to come to fulfill our mission to bring youth into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
I've been having a Bonhoeffer inspired season of Advent. This has mostly been hastened by Andy Root's - @RootAndrew - just released book Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, which I believe (for several reasons) is one of the most important youth ministry books ever written.
Here are a couple of thoughts from Dietrich on Advent.
"The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come." From Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christmas Sermons
"We have become so accustomed to the idea of divine love and of God’s coming at Christmas that we no longer feel the shiver of fear that God’s coming should arouse in us. We are indifferent to the message, taking only the pleasant and agreeable out of it and forgetting the serious aspect, that the God of the world draws near to the people of our little earth and lays claim to us. The coming of God is truly not only glad tidings, but first of all frightening news for everyone who has a conscience. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Watch for the Light as quoted in Daily Dig, December 18, 2014.
I love this as it fits nicely into my passion for a theology of place.
"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big."