Awesome… I never even heard of there being anything like that out there when I was that age…
This ministry changed my life
Your last statement, “…there’s something to be said for a lifetime spent taking a chance on young people.” All I can say is, “AMEN, and AMEN, and AMEN!”
You took a chance on me Seth and I know I’m forever changed because of it! Thank you!!
As you know I have spent my life working with ministries. When putting on the green visor of assessment there is fault with all of them. Some have severe cases of sickness. Others are ignorant. Some are devious. Those are the ones I like the least and want to “call out”.
The point of commonality in them all is the same dilemma Jesus faced when you was assembling the team roster for the first big game of His new found Gospel.
The players the Messiah had to scratch in as His “team” were all HUMANS.
They still are.
I didn’t know you are an FTMer, I totally am. When I was 17 I went on a trip to Panama for the summer with TMI. I had so many special blessings racked up at the end of the summer that they had to forgive them because I ran out of time to serve them. I had a lot of bad authority through my TMI leaders but submitting to bad authority actually taught me to submit to the authorith God puts over me, and I feel like has made me a better leader today. Serving with TMI made me appreciate AIM’s approach so much more. I’m with you, at least TMI is doing something and bringing people into action. Boot Camp taught me that I could get through anything and I learned a lot about what I wouldn’t do as a leader. I’ll have to watch the story.
I married a “TMI”er. In fact, the reason she and her parents moved all the way out here to the Space Coast from Northern California was to become staffers there. So, in addition to understanding the impact that Bland has had on thousands of people, I guess I also should be thankful to him for my wife, too!! 🙂
By the way, it’s still just as mosquito-infested and steamy hot. Maybe more so!