It’s great to be back home after speaking four times in the last four days in Atlanta at the National Youth Workers Convention. These past four days have been very humbling for me, and such an encouragement with numbers of people coming up to me and saying some variation of the following:
“Over the past year or so you have singled handily changed my entire perception and understanding of the gay community, ministry with my youth group and how I need to walk my Christian faith. Thank you more than I can ever say.”
I cried many tears this past weekend hearing such things. Selfishly, I needed to hear that this weekend. There are a lot of very scary things right around the corner, and I, my family and The Marin Foundation are at a huge crossroad. I will be writing more about this in the upcoming days/weeks, but for now, please pray with me for:
1. Continued courage to walk against so many barriers constantly fighting me every step of the way that really do discourage me from having hope – and yet even in the face of this I try with every ounce of myself to continue faithfully walking into the unknown
2. The hearts of those people/organizations/universities/churches with knowledge of this blog, my book and the continuing work of The Marin Foundation to be prepared to step up in a tangible way as this next big phase of my life and organization comes to the most pivotal moment of each of their existences that might have to totally change course
3. That the Lord’s ultimate will be done – whether I can see it or not
So the next few days I will be posting some videos of lessons that were learned by people who heard me speak and were involved with this bridge building Movement and how their lives have been changed because of it.
If there is something you have been challenged by or learned through this Movement, or things that you wish could happen but don’t have a means or knowledge to continue on, let’s talk about these and band together, all of us, in the face of those who, because of their fear or silence about this topic and the work we’re doing, are apathetically watching things slowly drift away because they think it’s not worthwhile enough to believe in.
Much love with a humble and heavy heart.