Doing detached youthwork for Durham Youth for Christ is often a challenging mix of combining the skills and approaches of youthwork on the streets, and also being available to be involved in moments where young people might explore faith. From a mission point of view we’ve tried to embrace the thinking that instead of being the agents of God in the world, and have this responsibility, to try and discover the moments of God already at work in the spaces, the signs and symbols and people, families and conversations. Tonight this was fairly easy.
We met a large (ish) group of young people who were being entertained by an older male & female, the male had bought a horse, the female sitting on a step next to flats. After a while of random banter, random banter not always with us, but it would have been awkward to leave, the older female called us over.
She explained aspects of her life, moments when she had heard testimonies of people who had told her of their dramatic changes attributed to Jesus (such as healings) and whether id believed them. She also wanted to know if Hitler and Paedophiles would be in heaven, or could be. And why God would make this possible. She went on to describe the unfairness of her life, and struggles shed faced.
All the while my conversation with her was in the midst of a group of young people. And also distracted by the male asking if i wanted a horse, or ride it. (he had bought a horse that day).
Maybe its too obvious to say how God was at work this evening, but maybe being out on the streets gives the possibility to be available to conversation with young people, and adults struggling to make sense of their lives. People wanting to have conversation and be listened to, especially in the supposed unconventional or unsociable times of the day.
Where might God be at work in the world tomorrow I wonder….