Having worked exclusively with children and students the first two years of my ministry, it is bitter sweet when I see kids that spent time in my ministry. Some of them have checked out of church and are living for the world and all it's pleasures. Others are a bit confused and waffling back and forth. And yet others are growing in their faith and walk with Christ still today.
And I think it's easy to become discouraged as you consider the volume of students you failed to impact. But tonight, as I set across from Mandy and her husband Michael in D-group, God reminded me that not all my former students are distant from God.
Mandy has a pretty cool testimony. She was a high school sophomore when I started working with the Antioch youth. She was a bright and beautiful kid who made some poor decisions when it came to the dating relationships she chose to be a part of. She and her family would leave Antioch just before I started preaching and shortly after, she would become pregnant out of wedlock and found herself married after graduation. But God was not done with Mandy. Over the last 6 or 7 years God has brought her husband to faith in Christ, she has become actively involved in another church, and a is a godly wife and mother of two and has been attending the small group that meets in my home for the last year.
As I glanced across the room and saw Mandy and her husband sharing a Bible and learning together, I was reminded that my two years in youth ministry were not in vain.