Behind the Scenes

Over the weekend I got to spend 55 consecutive hours with students. I listened to what they are struggling with in school, who they like/don’t like, what they are excited about and what terrifies them. When the van doors shut, or they are walking 5 feet in front of you, all of a sudden it’s as if I am not there and I get an all-access-pass into their real life. 

Each student faces different challenges and obstacles in life however a consistent theme surfaced often – The need to be accepted. In a culture where students are constantly being rated by likes and followers – side note: did you know they actually rate each other on a scale of 1-10? That is a real thing! The need to be loved was weaved through each conversation.

Although we display love for our students daily they face a barrage of attacks that rob them of experiencing that love. It’s as if our students have a love bucket that we are pouring into while the culture they are immersed in is poking holes in it. This leaves students constantly feeling unloved/unwanted/unaccepted. If a student is constantly seeking to fill his or her bucket there is little time to fill the buckets of others, therefore making them focused more and more on themselves.

Our goal is to help students see if they would allow our Heavenly Father to pour into them their bucket would overflow.

Our role is to encourage students to find worth and purpose from The Kingdom opposed to the school halls or a digital device. Our students are facing pressure you and I never had to experience however the strength of our Savior has always remained the same.   

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my right hand. 

Jason Underwood

Jason Underwood

Jason serves as Associate Pastor at Gateway Community Church in Franklin, TN and is the District NYI President for the MidSouth District. He and his wife Stephanie have three precious girls, Ashtyn, Avery, and Addyson. Jason enjoys hunting, golfing, and watching the Tennessee Titans.
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