An End-of-Year Hodge Podge

It’s so quiet around here that when one of our “frequent knockers” came to the door this afternoon, I welcomed the intrusion.  Her first question was, “When is Kari coming back?”  I’m quite sure she knows that Kari has moved away, but perhaps she is holding out hope that it really isn’t so.  When interns leave, they certainly leave a large hole in many a heart they have touched.
At the final Teen Night in December, Caleb interviewed Colby and Kari; some questions were quite humorous and others more serious.  While most interns spend 12 months with Aim Right, they spent 16 months here.  Many of the new faces at Teen Night and Kids Club are results of connections they made and relationships they built.

In the midst of a sea of mobile devices…

…we thank God for Dutch Blitz!  Teens still find that good old fashioned games and puzzles, along with basketball, pool, and volleyball, can be much more entertaining than a phone.

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Since we interact with immigrants’ families on a weekly (or even daily) basis, this was a nice Christmas present for many of the teens and young adults we know who meet DACA requirements:  to be able to get a driver’s license.  If you aren’t familiar with all that DACA entails, this video offers a good summary of the eligibility requirements and the process necessary for these immigrants to legally work and drive.

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Finally, whether you make resolutions or goals or try the new trend of choosing a single word to focus on during the year, this is a great post from Desiring God on how our reading of the Bible should affect how we live every day of the year.  The author reflects on his young daughter’s doodling in the pages of his Bible:  “I love Dad,” and is thankful for those words because:
…it reminds me that I read the Bible not only for myself, but for those around me. Her note, simple as it is (and sweet), presses home for me that the goal of Christian maturity is not merely that I might get along better in life, but that I might, being glad in the glory of Jesus, love more like Jesus did. The aim behind Bible-reading, after all, is not some kind of black-hole holiness — that theoretical moralism that envisions character in isolation from others — but rather, that we might learn how to roll up our sleeves for the people God has placed in our lives. In other words, we don’t just read the Bible to read, we read it to walk.  [bold emphasis mine]

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