So we could use some input ... to encourage us. 1st off, what I will be posting about, we doubt the validity of the 'rumor' for a few reasons. [1. only the two people, who are dating, have mentioned this. usually u hear true accusations from multiple sources who don't talk with one another. 2. they are dating. 3. the rumor mentioned by the two, well they used the EXACT same wording, verbatim ... NO variation in the story.as
ok, so we run a youth organization. we aim to provide activities and support for those who NEED activities and support [so those who DON'T have other activities, such as school sports. those who slip through the cracks]
we keep growing, and know rumors come with the territory as we succeed more, more rumors ... right?! in 5 years, we've grown from ~15 people to OVER ~85, from 3 Firdays a month to EVERY Friday and EVERY Wed. from a few hours to 5 hours a nite.
this past Friday, 4 people bailed out. [2 guys, 2 ladies. ONLY the ladies were workers] the two dating cited a rumor. [claiming they wanted to protect their 'reputations' which ... at least for the guy, isn't 'good'] the rumor: we are a "hobo hangout", attract "trouble makers" [including youth who fight, do drugs etc] and the people who don't have it all together come, try to help out and that includes their parents at times.
Well, isn't that a good thing? Really! I mean, don't the 'down and outs' those who might 'slip through the cracks' need something too? [the guy said he knows parents who won't let their kids come down because of that rumor/reputation we have. instead they have their kids in school activities] or is it only the kids who play sports, get good grades, the cheer leaders and good kids who deserve a haven?
from a religious point of view [we meet at a church, many of our leaders are Christians, but the group itself is NOT religious] didn't Jesus Christ have that same reputation? Didn't He have prostitutes, tax collectors, the down and outs, those on the edge of society all flock to Him? Didn't He help them? Didn't He love them and give them a haven of safety? [YES! ! ! and it aggravated the establishment, and those who cared about their 'reputations' being pure]
Our supports [and especially the few donors we've rallied so far] haven't complained. The parents of our youth, and the parents of the visitors haven't complained. We keep getting visitors, many who become regulars. 3 of the 5 or 6 churches in our city support us [the other ones, well we haven't approached them yet] so does City Council, the Mayor [and his staff], most the Police Dept., the county court system works with us as do some social workers.
So isn't that all good signs? Isn't it good that we are willing to get our hands 'dirty' by helping those who actually NEED helped?
We don't think the rumor is true [meaning that we doubt people have labeled us as such ...] but even if it is, we think we'd rather that reputation then a reputation as a group who only serves the establishment, and those who do well.
Is this wrong of us? [we don't think so] should we mourn the fact those 4 left? [one helped with providing meat ... we'll miss that. one lady was a GREAT worker, but we managed before she showed up] We don't think so. Should we change? [ NO !
we don't think so]