Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Why Teenagers Make Me Cry

Cory helped put together a video for this year's banquet for The Crossing.
That's Robert in the beginning segment. (His shirt says "McStud". Ha ha. He works at McDs.)

This short video gives a clear view into the hearts and minds of teenagers who have grown up in dysfunctional, broken or entirely absent homes. It is heart-breaking.

It's also hope-filled.

Jump over to Kelcie's blog to read more about the ways the banquet and the kids sharpened my view of what I hope for my own children.

Be sure to say hello while you're over there. Thanks, Kelcie, for giving me the opportunity to share some of the important things on my mind.



*The poem in the video is throw-back Kevin Smith of DC Talk, circa "Jesus Freak".

25 comments:

  1. Love this video. Thanks for sharing your heart here and on my blog today!

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  2. It won't work on my phone. I wanted to show the teenager I am with at court rght now : (

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  3. Powerful...thank you for sharing about the work there.

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  4. Thank you, Shannan, for sharing this video. I'm heading over to Kelcie's blog right now. xo

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  5. I cried! I am a very young mom. If I am not careful with my decisions, If I do not rely only on my Savior than my daughter could be this teenager.

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  6. My phone won't let me watch it. Actually, a black box that says Awww, snap! For reals, appeared. Now off to Kelcie's....

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  7. Shannan,
    Beautiful video. I didn't know about this place. I went to the website and see there are several locations. Wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing, Cheryl

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  8. Heartbreaking and hope-filled all at once. What a wonderful sounding place, thank you for sharing.

    I share your hopes and prayers for your kids and mine. I adore your your love multiplication table - how true and how magnificent is God's love math!

    But I have also seen many kids feeling sidelined slightly by their parents' mission to help others and as a result feel passionately that the kids we raise in our own family should always our first priority and concern and infact, mission field. Which for me, means time, allowing for their imput in decisions that affect us all (they are older), and until they leave home, putting some of our dreams on hold. It probably sounds ridiculously obvious, but I have seen it go wrong once too often, (not that I feel that in ANY way about your lovely brood btw). It is not a popular view in talk of mission I have found, but I do think it is worth discussing.

    It will be amazing to see that love multiplying in the lives of those teens...

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  9. Blimey, did I sound a right preachy madam there? i wish we got it right with our kids at least half the time! hugs, Bx

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  10. This is powerful stuff. And so well put together. Heading over to Kelcie's blog.

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  11. Wow. How very important. Thanks. I am glad I got to watch it.

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  12. crying out to Jesus for them...
    that they would see HIM in their stories.
    He is with them.
    He loves them.
    He has a plan for them.
    Nothing is wasted.
    He uses everything...even the tragedies.

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  13. Beautiful video, Farmgirl. What an amazing place The Crossing must be.

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  14. Oh, and thanks for the DC talk moment. I didn't realize just how much I miss those boys.

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  15. All day I was dying to get to a computer to watch this!
    Those children are wonderful. I am so glad you get to be a part of their lives! So, so glad!

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  16. "I want to be a carpenter", what a powerful statement.
    ~G~xo

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  17. Your post on Kelcie's blog is eloquent...timely, as always.

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  18. Thanks to The Crossing, those kids will have hope real hope and a road map to where God wants to take them. Thank you Crossing.

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  19. such a powerful video shannon. love that they have a place where they can see & feel & touch jesus in their lives.
    my hubby is an assitant principal in the public school system. he's at a very diverse school where these kids come from homes with heartbreaking stories. he loves them so well. he is a true giver of second chances.

    praying for them & the crossing today
    xo

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  20. this reminds me so much of the kids i worked with at the care center (back when I was an activity coordinator). i know what you're thinking. how does one work with kids at an old folks home? it was weekly inter-generational program & it was GREAT. The kids blessed the adults just as much as the adults blessed the kids.

    thanks for sharing!

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  21. But for the grace of God...
    To show them the love of Christ is so important. Thanks for sharing it.

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  22. wow. this sounds just like the 5 teenagers i have living in my house right now. so many hurting lives caused by poor choices. But God is faithful. we plant the seeds and He gives the increase.
    The Crossing is a wonderful ministry and the video was great to watch. thanks for sharing!

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