I don't think I’ve met one person who would not agree that Middle School and High School is hard. These years are filled with fun, friends, discovering who you are, pushing limits, staying up really late and eating an amazing amount of food. But it can also be filled with loneliness, hurtful words, confusion, friend and family drama, depression and stress.
It is like a rite of passage.... we all have to go through it, whether it’s easy or difficult. But wouldn't it be nice to not go through it alone? Wouldn't it be nice to have someone who will come alongside you and help guide you through this time showing you a different view. A Godly view versus the World's view?
This is exactly what our Southland Student Volunteers do! Let me introduce you to Candy: She has been a Life Group Leader for Southland Students for eight years. She has seen it all! She is a mom and her oldest child is post college. Candy is one of our best leaders and her group loves her. They love her because she genuinely cares for them. She consistently shows up despite the long hours at her jobs. She listens to them. She shows them the love of Jesus.
Now let me introduce you to Nick: He’s a college student in grad school. He has been a Life Group Leader with Southland Students for seven years. He started as a Middle School Leader after he graduated High School and has followed his group all the way through to their Senior year. He is full of energy and he is always out rock climbing or long boarding. Nick is one of our best leaders and his group of boys are completely dedicated to their group. He is a constant presence in their life and he wants them to know the truth the Bible brings to us about Jesus.
Both of these leaders are completely different in every way! And both of these leaders are phenomenal. It is not about how old you are, how interesting you are, how cool you are, or how much energy you have. It is about consistently loving students the way Jesus loves them.
You see these leaders love Jesus and, because of their love for Jesus, they want the next generation to know that same love. No matter what happens in the life of a student, the love of Jesus and the truth of the Bible will always be consistent.
We need you. We can't do this alone. We have over 1000 students who are involved at one of our Southland Campuses. We need more people like Candy and Nick who are willing to speak love and truth into the life of a Middle School or High School student. We need more people who want to impact the lives of students. We need more people who are willing to sacrifice a little bit of time and consistently be a presence in the life of a group of students.
If this is you and you want to be a part of our team of Southland Student Volunteers let us know! Or maybe you are not sure and you want to hear more information, we’re happy to answer your questions! Just text SERVESCC to 24587 to learn more.