Posts tagged “youth

The Missionary Virtue of Noticing People

Posted on November 13, 2009

I take some local young guys on outdoor trips as a way of opening up their lives to new experiences and opportunities. We sat down to ‘frame’ the experience of climbing a mountain, so that they could see the mountain in metaphorical terms. One boy was being really disruptive until I mentioned an observation of him I had made. He shut up immediately and listened intently. My observation was pretty mundane, but he didn’t care – he simply loved being noticed. After returning a young man to his residential unit (where he lives), his 2 housemates both started mooning our car, despite the best efforts of their workers to raise the level of the conversation and their shorts. What we give to get noticed!…

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Lunatic Lead Tenant

Posted on May 25, 2009

This post is from an article I wrote for the Urban Seed journal in May 2003, when Kylie and I were living in a lead tenant household for Youth For Christ. Lead tenants are meant to be role models for almost-independent young adults, which these boys were certainly not. You can find the full article here. It is full-moon: the lunatics have come out. Jason and Tim, despite our pleas, hoist themselves into the roof with the aid of several telephone directories. Apparently they intend to exterminate the rat population that plagues our house. Suellen, Kylie and I would not normally be too anxious – we knew that being “lead tenants”; to three boisterous teenagers would not result in peace and quiet. However, the…

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