(left pic) field staff property staff (right pic)
While we were at the Young Life conference in Orlando, Jono had the opportunity to help one of the speakers. He was illustrating some differences between Young Life field staff and property staff.
Those on field staff spend hours with teenagers on a daily basis and need camouflage that is relevant to, say, a high school lunchroom. Thus, you have designer jeans and satchel/man bag. But, they also have to look respectable for the donors who support their ministry. Thus, the clean shaven face and collared shirt.
When you look at the right picture, you see the property staff version. Plaid flannel shirt, boots, and bushy beard are naturally found on someone who spends most of their life in the middle of the woods, booniesville, usa. You might find property staff wearing designer jeans but that is because they were pulled out of lost and found after last summer.
In all seriousness, we have the utmost respect for our partners in ministry who are going out daily in pursuit of lost teenagers. The jobs may look a lot different but the heart behind both is the same--to share God's grace and forgiveness with kids. If you'd like to find out more about the ministry of Young Life, you can visit their website here. If you would like to find out more about Woodleaf, the camp where we live (and work), you can go to that website here.
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