I apologise AGAIN for a lack of blogging! I think I need to make more regular bloggin my new year's resolution!
This past Friday night, we held a formal for the kids that attend our Friday Night youth program 'Revolution' at Ingle Farm Salvos, South Australia. A large majority of our kids come from the community through youth accommodation programs tied in with our corps and are therefore often marginalised in society. The idea behind the formal was pretty simple: not many of our kids stay in school through to year 12 and therefore don't get to experience a school formal. But more than this, we wanted a night where our kids would feel like royalty! So we pulled out all the stops: we had the decorations, the food, the hosts to seat them, the lights, the music, everything! Needless to say, it was a great night and our kids had a blast. I will never forget the look on their faces as they walked into the 'formalised' main hall of our corps!
Throughout the course of the night, each of the kids (and leaders) that attended were called up to receive an individial award describing something of their personality or character eg. the "I don't like to sing in public even though everyone knows I have an amazing voice" award! It was so beautiful to see these kids receiving awards for being themselves!
Everyone deserves to feel special. Everyone is important, valuable and unique. Everyone is created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27)- young and old, rich or poor, educated or not. When justice reigns, the playing field gets levelled - equality rules. So we hope that justice was served as our kids were given the same opportunity as most other teenagers receive... even if it is as simple as putting on a formal! The relationships that we are continuing to build with kids at Revolution are all about life transformation that sees them finding a Father who is full of grace and truth; A Father who is Justice and who doesn't see what they have or don't have but sees who they really are - a child of the King.
Have a blessed Christmas!