So who’s this guy and why is he so tired? I’ll tell in a second, but first a quick story:
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When I first moved to Illinois after college, I had no plans on what to do with my life. No jobs lined up or any next steps. I remember going over to the the youth pastor’s house that first Sunday because I had nothing else better to do. It was this night when I was asked to be a youth leader under Chris and Christina Stanley. Serving under them gave exactly what I needed: discipleship, a community in Uncommon Student Ministries, and guidance for discovering what I wanted to do with my life. Chris and Christina became the big brother and sister I never had over the course of three years.
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When they stepped up to become the Youth Directors for Illinois, I was excited for them but also anxious for my future and that of Uncommon. After months of prayer, interviewing, and helping to hold the fort, those concerns have been put to rest. O Captain, My Captain has accepted the call. Jake Wesemann is going from a good long-distance friend to a neighbor. Jake, I’m thankful for the adventures we’ve had so far and I can’t wait for all the stories we’re going to live out together now that you’re coming to Bethalto. It will be a joy serving under you and your family. As a youth leader of Uncommon, let me be the first to publicly say “I have your back.”
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This picture is from my favorite memory with Jake(so far): The 24 Hour Walk-a-Thon for Speed the Light. You can watch the movie we made about it here