It's been like forever since I've been on here. Sorry. Just get so busy that I forget. I'm 18 now. Finished with school. Graduating with honors, but I have no idea what I'm going to do next. I was going to go to community college, but we don't have money for that right now. Everybody applies for scholarships, but the 4 years get most of them. I'm going to work for a while and save up some money. Probably in a daycare or preschool because Brianna and P. Cathy will give good recommendations for me.
I can finally "officially" do stuff in church now. I can still help with the kids and Haiti and Missions and I won't be treated like a minor. I don't feel like a grown up yet. Too soon, I guess. Brianna (Children's Minister) is going to take me and a couple of adults (awkward) with her to a conference in Atlanta, GA. It's about making kids a priority in our church and how to help the adults realize that they need to invest in the kids if they want them to have a relationship with Jesus and in the future reach people for Christ. We're the next generation (esp the littles) and they need to support the kids before they stop caring about God. It's more than just SS and fun, it's about building relationships. This has been a battle for her.
The youth pastor isn't any good. He does everything he can to DISCOURAGE new youth from coming in and participating. He's boring. Youth group at our church is horrible. Brianna has been doing all of this outreach, but Collin won't even print flyers for the youth or advertise anything. The kids do a play every Christmas and a musical every spring. The youth do NOTHING. I never wanted to be a kid more than during my four years in youth! He started when I came. IDK how nobody sees any of this except Brianna, youth volunteers, parents, and the kids themselves.
I WAS to go to Haiti in January. There are almost 20 people going, and many are not from our church but have connections to our Pastor. I don't want to go with that many people, especially not knowing many of them. The Pastor hasn't even had any team meetings or begun to raise money and she's taking all of August off. Sept to Dec isn't much time and people will be giving for CHRISTMAS stuff, not a really huge Missions trip. We'd decided I'd go this October. There would be four other people and I know them all. I'd be the best one to go according to P. Cathy since I know the kids better than anyone. We've moved the school to a larger building in a safer neighborhood. We're going to have a max of 150 kids instead of 235. It'd be my job to work with someone to see which of the kids we sponsor have followed us to the new school location, make sure their info is correct, and get photos. Then after that I'd work on the kids who aren't sponsored. BUT...
P. Cathy told me just today that we aren't going in October. I guess I just have to be patient and pray.
I love being with the kids. I'm able to actually be a lead teacher now. A lady has been away for months due to cancer, so I'll be taking over the Wednesday night preschool program with Brianna's guidance. There is only one other person who is interested. She has an associates degree in Early Childhood Education, is like 25, she thinks she's good at teaching, but she's never prepared and LITERALLY has her phone in her hand the whole time. She took over for the lady with cancer, but it was just chaos. She won't work with me since I'm so much younger and taking over from her, but the adult aides seem to be fine that they will be helping me. They would rather help than be in charge. A lot of them do many other things with the kids. I'm nervous but excited!
I haven't been with family in over six months. Ugh! I hate it! They are two hours away and I never see them. I'm excited that mom and I will finally be going in August, but I feel like I don't know anybody anymore, so we'll see. Grandma said she'd take us lots of places, though, so that will be nice to spend so much time with her. Hopefully things will be good with everyone else, too.
What grade are you going into? 10th? How are you doing in preparing to work in TV? That's good you have a good teacher who supports you. Will you work with this teacher again this coming year? You said you were looking for a new hobby. Have you found anything interesting yet? How is your brother? Did he do well with his first year at community college? I hope things just keep getting better and better for you! I'm happy that you are doing something that makes you happy!
Hope to hear from you, but if not, I understand!