Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Logan Torrance

I remember the first Sunday Peter returned to the mission after his internship with teen challenge. I didn't know what to expect. The last time I had seen Peter he was this wild 16 year old at youth camp that wouldn't stop talking when everyone was trying to go to sleep. In the business of the morning I ended up not getting a change to say hi and welcome him back and by Monday I had forgotten he had returned all together. Fast forward to Wednesday. I get to the church on Wednesdays around 5:15 to begin setting up (I'm the youth pastor at the Mission Church). When I walked in to the lobby that Wednesday guess who was there waiting? Yep, Peter. I introduced myself and he said he remembered me. I asked if I could help him and he said that he was there to do whatever I needed, he kept saying "I'm here to serve." I showed him around briefly and showed him where I could use some help. I don't remember what I preached that night or how many students were there. What I do remember is Peter waiting in the lobby for me at the end of the night. The first words out of his mouth were "that was awesome dude". He went on and on about how many lives were being touched for Jesus and how anointed I was as a pastor and how this community wasn't ready for what Jesus was about to do. I immediately realized this wasn't the old Peter I knew. He spoke with such passion and belief that I felt convicted he believed in me more than I did! Over the next few months Peter was there every Wednesday. I always looked forward to being around Peter because he brought a joy that made you believe you could accomplish anything. One of the last things I did for Peter was be one of his referrals for bible college. On Peter’s bible college referral they asked me to check off which words best described Peter. My choices were warm-hearted, sympathetic, respectful, enthusiastic, or loving... I checked them all.