Last Saturday, the high school leaders got together for a meeting. We got to hang out, eat some Mexican food, and watch a challenging video. The video incorporated every possible teenage struggle and it broke my heart for teens all over again. It reminded me why I want to love on as many teens as possible. From suicide to divorce, pregnancy to church hipocracy...it was all there. I can't even imagine what each teen in our youth group is struggling with. All I know is that I want to make a difference in their lives, whether it's now or affects them in the future.
I have tried to squeeze hang out times into my schedule this week. I got a chance to chill with another leader on Saturday and it was such a joy. We had girl talk and dove deep into some difficult issues. It was tough, but rewarding and heartwarming. On Sunday evening, I got to eat dinner with the youth minister and his wife. They are such wonderful people and I am so glad that God brought me here to serve along side of them. I could not ask for a better/cuter couple to work with.
Finally...the chickens part of the title! You're probably wondering what that has to do with my life here in Austin, but hold on. The family I am living with has four chickens. When they are not home, it is my responsibility to feed them. I walked into the cage this morning to feed them and who would hold their ground but the black and white speckled chicken, Shaniqua. I was a little nervous that she would attack, but thankfully she ate the food and allowed me to exit safely. Chickens are so funny! :)
Not Shaniqua but looks like her! :)