Today’s guest blogger is Hal Hamilton, Youth and College Team Leader at First United Methodist Church, Tulsa, OK. Hal is a Fuller DMin graduate and was part of the 2010-2011 Sticky Faith Cohort. Hal shared this story as a response to the Natural Mentoring article we recently released.
In a previous church, a gifted musician reached retirement age and stepped into a new world. As she did so, she came to talk with the youth ministry team.
"I've been reading about old people,” she said, “and I've discovered that they get bored and they begin to lose their mental capacity. I'm not going to do that! So here is what I have decided. I want a list of the youth so I can memorize their names and pray for them." We gladly gave her the names.
She did more than that however. She took the 120 or so names we gave her and memorized them. And she scanned the local small town newspaper for mention of their names. And then she hunted them down in church to let them know she had seen their name and to offer congratulations for their achievements.
After about eight months when we required all youth going on a summer mission trip to choose a prayer partner in the church, a full half of the group went and asked this dear lady to pray daily for them while they were gone and to meet with them once they returned.
She said yes to every one!
What other stories do you have of older adults connecting with adolescents?