"Can I have your number?"
Even though the dinner was ready, many of the guys wasted no time in getting up close and personal with John. His personal compassion left a big imprint on the hearts of impressionable young folks. Thanks, John for caring enough to share your time with guys at BWAP.
It was also an honor to meet the new Pastor of Expressway Assembly, Pastor Jason. He seems like a great guy with a heart that reaches out to serve folks who are hungry to know what love is. BWAP has been at Expressway for 10 weeks now and we are grateful the church staff, especially Rodney who goes the extra mile to help us reach out to young men.
We had several distinguished visitors last night including YWAP President Eric Budin and Pastor Tommy McClam with the Jobs For Life mentoring program at Edison Street Community Church. There is a growing collaboration in Buffalo that is actively demonstrating that community happens when we serve our neighbors.
Wanda Torres is one of the key players at BWAP. She's one of the first smiling and welcoming faces that the guys meet when they come in. Wanda also keeps records and serves in the kitchen. We'd be lost without Wanda.
There is a lot that goes on during the week even though BWAP meets once a week for hoops, a word and some food. Chris Hammond keeps a record of the relationship building tha goes on during the week. Chris has a form called a "Disciple Check-up" that details the relationship building activities during the week. Thanks, Chris for all you do.
As with any program under the sun, you cannot grow without conflict. Our take on conflict is that each struggle represents an opportunity to grow stronger and more compassionate. Last night we were challenged with several opportunities for the BWAP program to grow. We do not like when negative things happen but we believe that all things work together for good.
Thanks for your time. Go do something nice for somebody.