6) Your impact is greater than you know
I was speaking at a church once in a small town in East Texas when I met Daniel, a freshman in high school in a neighboring town. It wasn't long before I found out that he had attended one of our events a few weeks before. That event was Together Training where we give students practical instruction on how to be successful Campus Missionaries and reach their schools for Christ.
Daniel is only fourteen years old, but he took the information we gave him and ran with it. The next week, he met with his principal to inquire about starting a Bible club on campus. At first, the principal was hesitant. Daniel had to go back for a second meeting and deal with a lot of red tape. The principal told him they needed to get a classroom to hold the club in, but Daniel couldn't find a teacher who was willing to help him out. So, with four other students, Daniel decided they would go ahead and begin their Bible club outside until a classroom could be secured. On the day they were scheduled to hold their first meeting, the principal came back and told him that they wouldn't be allowed to meet outside, but a teacher had stepped up who was willing to allow the group to use their classroom.
I was so excited to hear Daniel's story of what was happening on his campus. I told him several times that I was so proud of him for getting out there and doing something, no matter what obstacles he encountered. He politely nodded and said "thank you," but I don't think he fully understood how much of an impact he had already made and will make over the next four years.
I drove home that afternoon in awe of what God was doing all across the region. I knew that there would be Bible clubs started after Together Training, but everything changes when you see the faces and hear the stories behind the statistics. I didn't realize how much of an impact the event had until I met Daniel.
As I tried to connect the dots in my head, I began asking myself a few questions. What if Daniel had not attended our training that day? What if his pastor had not been willing to get up at the crack of dawn and sacrifice an entire Saturday to drive a small group into Dallas? What if we had decided to have the training in another city that was too far away for Daniel to attend? What if myself and the other leaders had not been willing to spend a day pouring into students?
You see, there were many factors that played into Daniel starting a Bible club at his school. If one little thing had happened differently, there might not be a Youth Alive club at this particular high school in East Texas today.