I have been a youth worker in the wonderful Welsh town of Ammanford for almost five months now. The time has flown by, and I sometimes wonder where it has gone […]
During this time I have learnt some very important lessons.
Firstly it is not an easy job. I thought it would be a laugh, and it has been. However, it is vital to be organised, well prepared and be ready to do jobs behind the scenes, with no expectation of receiving praise for a job well done. But I love it.
Another valuable lesson is the knowledge that youth work is a long term investment. This is a lesson I have learnt slowly. I cannot expect young people to respect me just because I am this ‘amazing’ youth worker; I need to take the time to get to know people, to earn their respect. It hasn’t been easy, and I still have a long way to go on this point, but I look forward to the journey of knowing the young people who come along to the youth group.
Schools. Now, when I left school I had no intention of ever returning. But every Friday I go into a local school and I am terrorised by a large number of teenagers for half an hour, with an attempt to give them a taste of the glorious Gospel. It is difficult, and I leave with less hair every Friday as the stress slowly thins my golden locks. But it is incredible to see some fruit. After five months of going into the school we are slowly getting some of the kids coming to youth group. God is good.
So the biggest lesson that I have learnt is to lean on Gods strength, not my own. I have learnt the hard way that to think I can go it alone and everything will be ok is the dumbest thing I could ever do. I need to be prayerful, and know that all that I am doing is for the Glory of God.
So all in all I love my job. It is truly amazing, and I say that with full confidence. I now look forward to learning many more lessons and attempting to grow from my many mistakes.