Last week I got the chance to be part of "Point Break", which is a ministry of Campus Life and Youth for Christ. We hosted it at our church for 150 or so students from a middle school campus we partner with. The goal of the day, as near as I can figure, is for the students to meet together and break down barriers between one another that often lead to prejudices, bullying, and division. To this end, the day is surprisingly fun and engaging and often results in a very emotional response before it's over. In that regard, it's almost identical to another program- challenge day- that I participated in at a local high school last year.
- First they break down the barrier of personal space- playing games that require proximity.
- Then they break down the personal touch barrier and get you connected with even perfect strangers.
- Then they break down the trust barrier and get you to share things you normally would either hide from or just simply quietly carry without burdening others with it.
- Lastly, they have you align those stories with others and even offer time for the group to forgive and ask for forgiveness from other people in the room publicly... and you'd be shocked at how many people really do. It's very moving and powerful.
As I talked with my randomly chosen small group of 7 earlier in the day, I discovered that 2 of them had fathers in Jail, 1 of them their Dad was murdered, 4 were living with grandparents and no biological parents and almost all expressed a severe and significant disconnect from their dads. It was deep and tragic stuff.
Sure, I knew it would be a lot of the students, but seriously, it was like 75% of the 150 students in the room. It was beyond tragic. It was devastating. As I stood their staring a the vast majority now looking back at me, my heart simply sank.
I thought to myself: