Wednesday, January 15, 2014
How God uses El Sendero to reach youth in Loja (part one)
Our new location is getting ready. We have plumbing! We have knocked out a wall! We will have a sink tomorrow!
Already the kids have been flooding the new place.
"When are you opening?" they ask. "Will you still have spotlight?" "Did the ping pong table come with you?" "Is David still going to be here?"
Their questions reminded me of some questions from long ago and I would like to repost some blog posts, and maybe add to the series of How God has used Sendero to reach the kids for Himself.
(originally posted August, 2011)
I was asked to share with our Loja missionary team about what kind of things God is doing through El Sendero. I thought maybe you would be interested, so I am going to spend the next few days sharing with you how God is using El Sendero and using it in a mighty, mighty way!
So- first things first. Part of our *vision statement says that our mission is to provide a safe place for young people to meet that is safe from drugs, alcohol and cigarette smoke. Those who are familiar to Loja know that not only is El Sendero the only place with this as an actual goal, it is also the only place meeting this need.
I can stand on the balcony that looks over the park and see students drinking in rounds. They pour in and out of the disco tecs. They sit on the stairs of the cathedral and laugh and joke, and drink, and smoke, and then they walk to the bar to continue doing the same thing.
Only, not every young person wants to spend their evenings this way. The Church has made an impact on their young people and some of them just want a place to hang out with their friends. Non-Christians, and Christians alike are looking for somewhere they can pass the time in a safe environment that is fun, cool, and designed for their interests.
*Our new vision statement is: El Sendero Youth Center will strive to be a safe fun place for youth in order that they can encounter Chirst and that we can follow Christ’s command to “Go and make disciples”