Young Life in the Shark Tank

This post is the second in a series of three updates on recent area development progress in Eastern New York and Western New England.  You may want to read the preceding post Possible or Impossible? Inspired by the Sharks  In ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” entrepreneurs pitch their business idea before a panel of five investors (the […]

“I Call the Butt!”

    “I call The Butt!”  is a familiar refrain at our house. “The Butt” is the seat at the end of our 9-foot dinner table opposite “the head,” where I normally sit.  We have Young Life leaders and teenagers over at our house for dinner every week, and somebody invariably calls out that they […]

Area in Development: SoDak Young Life

What is a “SoDak?”  If you are familiar with the Great Plains, you might recognize “SoDak” as a nickname for South Dakota.  Here in the Great Northeast however, “SoDak” is the name of a new Young Life area. Last year about this time, we began the process of splitting one Young Life area (The Capital […]

The Evidence in the Lobby

Last week, I was in the final stages of preparation for the Capital District Young Life benefit. We had just set up the sound system, and I was going over the schedule of the night with our program tech.  My assistant Amy walked up to me and showed me the viewfinder screen on her camera, […]

Journal Entry: September 3-9

Tuesday, 9/3: Started this day at the Burnt Hills Diner with my friend Paul, who met Christ this summer at YL camp (That’s a story for another time). Later in the day, headed to Burlington, VT, for a meeting with adults. On the way, I stopped to meet with Kyle Esposito, who is in training […]

Water, Flour, and Grace

It is a beautiful sunny morning during our area camp trip at Lake Champion, and there are 400 or so campers and leaders on the front field for field games. One of the guys in my cabin group is named Chris. He is a teenager with Autism, and he is nonverbal. Chris came to Lake Champion […]

Journal Entry: Week of June 24th

Every now and then, you have one of those weeks that ends, and you wonder where it all went. Occasionally, I will share my week in the form of a journal entry: Monday: Spent most of this day catching up from vacation, and preparing for a busy week.  Highlight was Campaigner meeting at our house in […]

Nobody Likes Me

Below is an excerpt from a December 2012 update to our Capital Region team: Dear Friends, “Nobody likes me.”  This is what a teenager, whom I will call “Pete,” said in one of our group discussions recently.  We’re fairly used to Pete saying things like this, because he doesn’t have the same social filter as other […]