Tonight was the final official meeting for Generation 99. Tomorrow they will graduate, having completed 99 days of reading, learning, serving and building relationships. Only a few months ago we dreamed of what it would be like to take a select group of teenagers, invest in them and help them grow in their walk with God. Tomorrow night will be the fulfillment of that dream. As I sat around the table tonight listening to them talk about what they have learned, I was overwhelmed with the great potential these kids have to change the world for Jesus! For a brief moment, my mind drifted back to my days as a teenager growing up in church. I remember those adults who saw potential in me. But I think what made the most impact on me was watching those same adults living a life that made me want to follow Christ. My parents, my youth pastor, my Youth For Christ club director and his wife all lived their lives trying to be more like Jesus. It worked – some 40 years later I have experienced the reality that loving Jesus is the best life there is. My desire is that those who follow behind me would find me faithful – that my passion would help light their way – that when they are adults they will pass on the torch in the same way it was passed on to me. Praying for this awesome group of kids – I can’t wait to see how God is going to use them!

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