OK, so I got to test my t-shirt cannon and it works frigintastic. I’ve only tested it to 40PSI but at that pressure it fired about 40′ high and a hundred feet or so distant. I fired it at that pressure in the church and hit the lighting about 20 high at full speed. At 20 PSI I can hit the back rows from the front of the church about 100′ but at a much lower arc. I need to get some new video because the video I took of the testing today didn’t turn out much useful.
That as me in a better mood, but the weather is kind of depressing. We did have numbers back up a bit, but not quite to where we had been running last month, but equal to or better than February. There are some new people and so there are some people missing that I really wish were there, plus some that I don’t expect to see back, but they might surprise me, who knows.
Of course not all is super awesome happy time. I have to say be careful what you pray for. I have been praying for students that need Jesus. Let me tell you this is apparently the same as praying for patience. Good but very dangerous. There are a few that are really pushing me and tonight I was at the edge of kicking a couple out … only I was talking about how Jesus spent all his time with people that need him and not the religious, self-righteous leaders that wanted him. I was talking about the Prodigal Son and about the wrong and right way to act so kicking them out would have been very hypocritical and I’m hoping that the way I did deal with them was a great illustration to the students.
Who knows how that went but despite me being at the edge of my wits one girl did respond to the salvation side of the message and that is super fan-frigintastic.
I also had another opportunity to walk the talk. One of the students I’ve mentioned before as being bi was there tonight. She comes pretty regular and brought a couple friends last week. Anyways, they were there waiting on a ride when the younger brother of one of her friends was running around calling her “lesbo” and “lezzie.” I sat the kid down and explained that was very ugly and is not acceptable. I asked him not to treat her that way and told him he wouldn’t do it around me. The rest of the time he behaved. She knows I know her “orientation.” I haven’t talked with her specifically about it but have commented on my views of GBLT so she knows where I stand as well. If you don’t know I feel very strongly that sin is sin but that people are also people. Christians like to pick favorite sins and judge people on those things. We miss out on the sins that Jesus judged people on that revolve around how we treat other people because we are so hung up on the “bad” sins. I try hard to avoid “hating the sin but loving the sinner” and instead try to just love people. I hope this young lady got it when I put that into practice tonight. All people have worth and none should be treated like that.
Finally I want to give a great big shout out to one of my new Youth workers. He is really starting to fit in and is intuitively building relationships with several of the guys. I’m really excited to have him on board and wish I had about 5 more just like him. My prayers are for God to keep sending people that need Jesus, that He keeps opening doors for me to get into community programs and places, and for more workers for the Harvest. God has been answering these requests and I ask others to please pray this for me and for your Youth.
Leave some love k?