Today's featured blogger is Macey Moore. She is 14 years old and a member of the Park Row Church of Christ youth group.
|Macey with her buddies (left to right) Aryana, Raquel,|
Isabelle, and Omar.
Anytime I do something new for the first time, I never expect it to be life changing. Well my first time here, at Fortress, it was. I was blown away; I would've never guessed it was going to be like this. I got to do so many things this week. I was either hanging out with the kids, doing something for Urban Experience, or just messing around with the youth group and interns.
I really got excited when they told us we were going to get buddies. Since we had a smaller group than others, each of us got to have at least five or six buddies. I had six: Omar, Peanut, Trey, Aryana, Raquel, and Isabelle. Each and every one of them had their own personalities and talents. All of them have stories, which all of them are more than willing to tell.
Some of the stories are [hard to hear]. Some other kids, you would never be able to tell were going through a hard time. I think we can thank Fortress for that. Today was one of those moments where I really connected, on a deeper level, with one of my kids. She was feeling a little insecure; she wouldn't eat or play. As I was talking to her I quoted Song of Songs 4:7.
You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.
At that moment, she stopped and hugged me. She kept asking these questions wanting to know more. It wasn't easy. Yet, while I was answering her and giving her advice , I realized that I was doing something that I have never done, or never even thought I could do. I was shocked and even a little scared. I started asking myself questions, like, "How did I do that? How did I know what to say? Did I even make a difference?" I thought about it and came to the conclusion that Fortress had expanded my abilities. That, and Jesus had to have been with me the whole time.
Other times I felt Jesus working was Urban Experience. Most of my time spent doing Urban Experience was overwhelming. Just doing something for maybe about an hour and a half that some people actually have to go through on a daily basis is pretty rough. It's really difficult, but that's part of the reason I'm glad Fortress is here. Fortress takes away some of the stress and worry out of things. Mainly with the children.
All around, Fortress has been an amazing experience. One I will never forget. I can not wait to come back next year and even one day be an intern myself. I hope Fortress will continue to bless others in so many ways. I will keep them in my prayers. God Bless.