Came back just in time for the youth ministry game. 5 games and then the two top teams at the end. May the best team win! This was a ministry game for the Indian Christian community where young adults came from 19 different churches in the Chicagoland area. It's beautiful to see this community all come together under one roof with the spirit of the Lord and the hard work of an incredible family dedicated to ministry. I spoke with both brothers and brother in law to Rita and Regi(those working with the youth for 20 plus years. The two brothers also have their own ministry working with youth in the Southside of Chicago afterschool providing them with programs towards leadership in their community. It's fantastic to see the work of God happening within the ministries of everyone attending-not only this family. Everyone is working with one mission to serve God in any and every way they know how.
It was great spending time with the families and hearing their story, their love for their child present within their eyes, and the support they give their children. The Indian culture has a strong commitment to family along with the cultural heritage they/we have. It's something that comes alive when one goes to India and sees it authentically play out without an everyday American influence.
What about food? Our buddy Suresh did some amazing cooking on the grill of Chicken Shwarma and gourmet mini sliders along with some homemade lemon rice, raita, and brownies for desert-happy stomach...happy stomach. There is no better food than homemade Indian food-none. This guy is a Top chef and wants to open his own restaurant. Pris stamp of approval-You have landed on your purpose-Do IT!
Now it would not be Chicago if something didn't happen with the weather. A beautiful hot sunny day became hovering dark clouds and then a torrential rain! Off came the tent and food utensils and bags went flying. We were all laughing and I was happy that the food stayed in place-that would be a tragedy for his food to go flying to the bird.
Since the basketball teams all went by colors, the Black team took the trophee against the White team. The Black team were the tallest team and the oldest. My little ones who were sixteen years old put up a good fight and I was so proud of them! It was great hearing genuine responses that the game was not about winning rather it was about friendship, pride, and ministry. This was exactly what the games were about and the fact that they connected to this purpose. PROUD OF THESE BOYS!
To lead my example and demonstrate the success that comes from ministry families, great careers, happiness, and continued practice of faith-this is what ministry of youth is all about-training them to become leaders!
Priscilla CL Raj is a Therapist, Missionary, Writer, English Teacher. She is an enthusiast who is passionately purposeful in her life.