Read the story, "Faithful Fools." Have you ever had an immersion experience like those of the youth who participate in Faithful Fools retreats? What do you remember about the event? Which do you remember more: the details—such as how many people were served—or how the experience made you feel? Were you thankful you had lived up to a challenge? Humbled by the resiliency of the people around you? Frustrated or angry at how little you could do to help? How did it change you?
Think about the service event experience you will soon share with the youth. What are your hopes for the event? Keep these hopes in your heart in the countdown to the event. Years from now, the youth may not remember the details, but they will remember how they felt about the event. What can you do to make this experience challenging, yet affirming and transformative?