I love this picture. Rich Crooker (left) was my Young Life leader when I was a senior in high school. He spent countless hours with me at breakfast Bible Studies, watching me at ballgames, and speaking life into me.
I myself have invested in many young lives in over 30 years of ministry, many with Young Life. I remember a young man in Joplin, Mike Selby, whose life was impacted through Young Life. After high school he became a volunter leader. He was sharing Christ at a club of high schoolers one night. It made me think of Rich.
I later emailed Rich, and said that the ripples of his investment in my life were rippling out like the waves of water when a rock is dropped in.
Maybe someday one of the youth who heard Mike speak will be sharing Christ's love with others, like Mike did for them.
Like I did with Mike.
Like Rich did with me.
May the ripples keep growing!