More events meant more heavy lifting of equipment and increased amount of time for set up and tear down. Solution? A group of high school boys to do the heavy lifting.
Thirty years later, the loving and intentional community that Frog and Mickie started still stands. The transformative experiences don’t only happen in the kitchen or during the heavy lifting, but in the off hours between meals and trash hauls.
Hear from former crew boss, Jordan Soupiset:
“Crew brings two things together—purpose and identity—by inviting its members to join in Christ-like service and Christian community with each other. My co-Crew Bosses (John Jones, Kaila Thomas, and Mackensie Faulk) and I helped create this transformative space at LLFC by first providing our crew kids the capacity to share about their lives in a set aside time without other demands or expectations. This gave ample time for each crew member to be heard, to share the highs and lows and ins and outs and most of all big questions from their lives and walks of faith, so that we as an entire Crew could know the life and faith journey of each one of our own.”
The H. E. Butt Foundation is intentional about mentoring high school and college age kids. “There is purpose and vision behind the whole Crew experience,” said Chandler Pruitt, Senior Director of LLYC. “They are an indispensable part of the overall ministry of LLYC. Responsibility and leadership are nurtured in a fun and team-oriented environment. Out of the hours of hard work come an honest sense of commitment to the task at hand and a rewarding sense of accomplishment for a job well done.”
“Overall, we had a blast of a summer doing really simple things,” Soupiset remembered, “like taking out trash, washing dishes, lifting heavy things and putting them down again, but the community that we did it as—and the identity that we shared in Christ—brought life and beauty to the seemingly mundane.
“It was one of my favorite summers of my entire life, hands down.”
For more about crew, take a look at “Don’t Worry. Crew Will Get It.” in Echoes Volume 2, Number 3.