into the kingdom

i talk about life a lot here at [wg&l] and a huge portion of our life is spent [imperfectly] loving people & doing ministry.  since i do bring it up so often i thought it might be a good idea just to give a little background on who we are/what we do.
ben & i volunteer with young life which is a christian [non-denominational] outreach ministry for high school students.  our mission-field is lafayette high school in lexington, ky and God has given us a big ol' heart for our friends at that campus. there are hundreds of broken kids there looking for full-life at all costs.  unfortunately, their attempts generally lead them to everything but the one thing [person] that is capable of giving the life they so desperately desire.  we are so blessed to be able to enter into their lives and walk alongside them.  the whole point is Jesus, we've been radically changed by the good news of the gospel: Jesus' truimph over Sin & our redemption [being bought back] for God's glory.  for that we show up daily, weekly, monthly at lafayette praying that we'll get to share real hope & real life with people that are chasing death. 
we love that God has us here, with these kids.  even when it's hard, it is so good.  effort to pour yourself out and asking to be part of what God is doing in advancing His kingdom [aka what it means to be in ministry] has been the most humbling and fruit bearing gift i've ever been given.  our lives abound in joy and grace because the Lord has graciously grown us to know our Savior more deeply, taught us dependence, shown us his glory, adopted us as children, & asked us to be ambassadors.  there's no place i'd rather be.

this video was made by another yl area but i've never seen a visual that so clearly articulates our heart for lost kids and God's goodness. 

"if sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. and if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. if Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for."  -charles spurgeon

..friends, i want you to live forever..