The YWAP Director and a volunteer from YWAM (Youth With A Mission) teamed up with one of the leaders from NAOMI House and spent a great afternoon with some young guys. Our afternoon was sponsored by Church For The Nations Flagstaff and other YWAP Ministry partners. We ate lunch, went to a bowling alley and then ate dinner. Even though we bowled three games, nobody remembers what our scores were!
Sometimes the best mentoring happens naturally when you're just having fun. The more time you spend in a natural and enjoyable activity, the more natural the mentoring relationship just happens. Hearts open up and deeper questions get asked. A great mentoring platitude is: "Don't tell until they ask!"
We often spend too much time trying to teach young people before we've earned the right to speak in to their lives. Mentoring requires a patient ability to develop and strengthen trust. It may take weeks, months or even years for a wounded heart to open up. Trauma leaves a residue of vulnerability and creates an inability to feel safe.
Eventually all of us will experience some degree of trauma. Learning how to trust and who to trust helps ease the pain and give understanding in the hard times of life. A true fact of life is this: "Folks with the greatest wounds often become the greatest leaders and innovators."
The NAOMI House is a safe home for Native American children. The care and love they receive from the Directors and House Parents is a model worthy of replication anywhere in the world. YWAP Day at NAOMI is the last Saturday of every month. On special occasions we schedule extra events like bowling and the Father's Fish Camp. Let us know if you'd like to join us or support the programs for youth. 716-830-8240.
Thanks for your time. Go do something nice for somebody. Jesus loves you and so do we.