What a summer. I told people that my plans were to just lay low all summer and stick around… that didn’t happen. From Edmonton to Toronto to Winnipeg to Redberry to Brandon to Christopher Lake to Ottawa, I think I had a total of ten or so sleeps in my own bed! It was a great time though, a season of adventure that was memorable and exciting! I can truthfully say “I’m glad that’s over!” The fall has been crazy, but crazy good. It’s amazing that we’ve made our way to Christmas! It has been crazy, but God’s been faithful, giving us great things to celebrate!
Jesus did discipleship right. I guess that would make sense because it did all start with Him, but rarely do we actually follow His example by taking people under our wings and doing life with them. This summer I really got to do life with a bunch of these guys I love. They got to see how things roll on a day-to-day basis and it was awesome. From coming to my hockey games, to spending a week at camp with me, to just hanging out at the exhibition, it was a simple but fantastic way to spend a summer.
This picture, is a bunch of my student leaders at YFCHL. We had the opportunity to take them to Winnipeg and play a summit series against the YFC Winnipeg floor hockey leaders. It was unreal, and a great way to affirm these young men as leaders among their peers. On top of that, most of our guys haven’t travelled anywhere outside Saskatoon so this experience was an unforgettable change of scenery. Now the guys have a boat-load of memories to look back (we also won, but… minor details) and some travel under their belts, it was a great week.
This picture (above) is a bunch if my floor hockey guys at Redberry. After 8 years, I figure it’s hard to break tradition so I keep going back. Luckily, I can swing a deal to bring some guys with me and enable them to participate in something very dear to my heart. It was my favourite week of the summer hands down. I love these guys deeply and feel incredibly blessed to have shared camp with them.
This last photo, is just us hanging out at the Saskatoon Exhibition. Simple things can bring great joy when you’re with people you love. These guys are a blast. I’m continually blessed (and most definitely challenged) as I walk through life with them. Jesus said it would be when you denied yourself that you would ultimately find life. I have most definitely found that to be true, both in giving my life to Jesus, and spending my time with these kids.