Saturday, March 29, 2008

Am I getting Younger Yet?

This week has been fun. First, there's Easter -- He is risen indeed. Second, there was no school, yeah! Third, So Cal District Council happened in Anaheim with Mark Batterson and Reggie McNeil. Fourth -- Got the Knotts Berry Annual Pass, and Finally, volunteered to take the youth on a video scavenger hunt.

you see my goal this year has been to get younger... I got a facebook, a my space, and I'm hanging out at youth group.

What does this have to do with disabilities?...I'll get to it.

Our first mistake was to only have a couple video cameras, so it ended up being 20 boys vs 20 girls. The guys all headed into a parking lot to start. Within 30 seconds the LA County Sheriff's were asking what we were doing. (Note to self: Best not to do something in a gang shooting hotspot)

I'm 15-20 years older than anyone else and it's not even my event. My mind flashes a number of scenarios. The youth pastor stated what church we were with and what we were doing. The deputy asked if we knew another deputy... and we did. He sang "bad boys" with us, flipped on his siren and we got it on tape.

But here's my point. We made a deliberate move to integrate the church, welcome youth, welcome people with disabilities, and welcome the neighborhood. We became incarnational and missional, and made our school the same way.

Last year, my school chapels included speakers from 3 major disability organizations. We put together a Habitat for Humanity event in conjunction with the sheriff's. The local Five-Oh, knows that we are the place to send people for help.

This next generation is key for the disability community. The generation of noblesse oblige is gone. The ones that took to heart the messages of JFK and Dr. King are retiring. And the bulk of them don't know what to do with today's young kids.

Yet this is the generation which wants to see real religion, do it, feel it, be it, not only believe in it and be empowered by the Spirit. That's why the CIT program of Special Touch is critical. Because the call of Christian Compassion and the power of the Spirit, when combined are unbeatable.

Oh yeah... the girls did even better than we did and won.