For the past 4 or 5 months, Tim has been making the 4 hour trip from the Capital District to Wayne County and back. He’s been learning about the area, recruiting prayer partners and volunteers and doing all he can to raise financial support.
[If you’re like “um, who the heck is Tim?” – check out his blog and get the facts]
Now it’s time for him to officially relocate and start his ministry. He’s moving to the area on Saturday and will begin his work at the Walworth Youth Center next week.
I’m excited for him to get here. Partially just for the selfish reason that I’m looking forward to having him around. But also because of what I see every day in my own ministry here. On his blog he talks about the challenges we face in this area. We struggle with an incredibly high teen pregnancy rate, poverty, neglect, witch craft and alcohol/drug use. I can’t remember who summed it up this way but it’s true … we are a rural community with the struggles of an urban area. Our students desperately need hope, they need someone to look them in the eye and tell them they have value and most of all they need Jesus.
Over the past few years things have gotten a lot better. There are more of us in the field and more opportunities for youth to hear the gospel. However, there’s still a lot of work to do – and WE NEED MORE YOUTH WORKERS.
So as excited as I am to have Tim in town just because I’m president of his fan club, I’m also SO excited to have him serving in ministry here. With his energy, vision, passion for youth and love of our Savior, I’m confident the Lord will accomplish great things through him.
I can’t wait to watch his ministry take root and grow here!
If you have a second, swing by his blog and leave him a note. He’d love to hear from you! 🙂