This week I want you to meet:
You may remember him from here.
A few things you should know about Justin:
He is 15 years old.
Justin is hilarious, many times without even trying to be.
He likes to skateboard.
Justin is flirted with often while out on bus by "cholas" in our neighborhood (they yell "hey cutie" at him - as well as other things that I cannot post).
From my first day on bus, Justin has been eager to show me the ropes.
It is obvious when we are on outreach, that his reason for being on Bus is due to his love for people. He always goes the extra mile to connect to others. Countless times he has requested that I drop him off in the middle of a group of kids skateboarding so he can try to connect with them.
For months I have watched Justin establish a friendship with a teenager named Raiden.
Two Friday nights ago: Raiden shows up at my door, at 4pm, wanting to know what time the youth event was later that evening.(this is the first time he has ever done this).
Last Wednesday night: Raiden showed up for our regular church service and even sat in the front with all of the guys.
Last Friday night: Raiden comes to our youth service. Not only does he come but he brings a friend (Jesse). Not only does he come and bring a friend, but he comes to the altar on his own and is touched by the presence of God.
Yesterday (Sunday) morning: Raiden and Jesse show up at 8:00am to help us do wake up. They go into the church for the morning service at 10am and Jesse gets the holy ghost.
Sunday night: Raiden comes again to our evening service and gets the holy ghost.
I truly believe that a big part of Raiden coming to church is due to the relationship that he had with Justin.
Thank you Justin for being you and for reminding ME of the importance of connecting to people and taking time for them.....
that's what it's all about.
Route 3 = 20 kids