Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

“The problem with our young adults is that they are lazy and non-committed”.
“Our young adults need to give more of themselves to our church”.

I wince each and every time I hear statements like this… So, I decided to share a story… Now which story? Should I talk about the countless young adults that keep the Chicago Mission Center youth program moving forward, volunteering countless effort and time towards the ministry of our youth?  Should I talk about our young parents that invest their time and energy into our cell congregation with the hope that this can be a spiritual home for their family?  Should I talk about our young adults that are going through the deep process of recovery holding on to a small hope that maybe there is something to this God and church family “thing”?

All of these are worth writing about.  But I think I’ll share about Pat.

Pat has been a part of my life and our ministries since he was a 5th grader.  Some could look at Pat’s life as one of struggle, constantly overcoming tragedy and lack of stability.  What I admire about Pat, is that he does not dwell too long on his obstacles, instead he focuses on the blessings in his life and throws whatever he has towards rebuilding and strengthening his foundation.

As a young adult, he remains committed to our church and pays a high cost just for attending church.  He makes very little money as he helps a family care for their children and both he and his girlfriend (Kristen) spend a large part of that money to pay for transportation just to get to and from our cell group worship.  And the time they dedicate just for the chance to worship is inspiring…  Here is a rough idea of the schedule to attend a cell service that starts at 3:00 PM.

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– Early morning (7 a.m. – 8 a.m.) get on an early train from WI to Chicago
– Wait in Chicago for the train to the suburbs (Noon – 1:00ish)
– Get picked up at the train station in the suburbs for 3:00 p.m. worship
– Get back on the train to Chicago (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.ish)
– Wait 2-4 hours in Chicago for the train back to WI
– Get back to WI after midnight, sometimes WAY after midnight

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Being a part of a church family is a HUGE commitment on Pat and Kristen’s end, costing them both precious time and money.

I hope they realize that their involvement in our church and our church family is appreciated and sacred.

You guys inspire us and are deeply loved.

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