Yesterday evening (Wednesday), we attended the youth service at the Pskov church. These youth (16-25 yrs old) are the future of Pskov. As we sat in this room, the room was flanked by soft couches and chairs. The tables formed a “U” in the room where the students sat with their notebooks, Bibles, and journals. There was such a joy in their faces. Their eyes lit up. Their smiles beamed from ear to ear. When they laughed, you couldn't not laugh even though you had no idea what they were saying.
As I stood in the back and listened to them worshipping, their voices carried through the halls of the church. Each person with their own unique voice. Each with a melodic tone that drew you into worship. There was no fancy PowerPoint. There were no drums or piano or mics on a stage. It was simply a guitar, a few voices and a song book. It was lovely!
Sasha talked about “losing your first love” from Revelation. Dustin spoke about “running the race to completion” and training to be the best that you can be, so that you will hear those words “well done good and faithful servant“.
The next generation – the future of Pskov – were sitting in this upper room. The next church planter or pastor or city leader might have been sitting in that very room listening to the words spoken by these leaders and worshipping a God of infinite possiblities. It begs the question, how are we influencing the next generation?
Jim is investing in Dustin and others; preparing them for what lies ahead. When I think back on my time with Agape, I would strive to teach them and to prepare them for a day when I would not be leading them. They would learn, be trained, and train others so that the work could continue without a loss.
The next generation of leaders in Pskov are on the horizon. They are preparing for this day, are we? Am I? All good thoughts that flood my thoughts on this journey.
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