This is a guest post by Daniel Davalos. Instead of me trying to wordsmith a proper introduction of Daniel, take it from his own words.
I am Daniel Davalos. 15 years old, I am a sophomore at Centennial High School. I enjoy doing what other normal kids my age enjoy: go out, watch a movie, enjoy a cold glass of milk. I also like to read a lot about politics and philosophy, as well as world religions and theology. I’m very intrigued by the world, and I hope to see it all one day.
In the future, I wanna go to NYU film school, but I’m willing to change my plans at the drop of a hat if God wants something else. I don’t worry too much about the future, though, ’cause God is my wingman.
(Andy Here Again) I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t as mature as Daniel was at the young age of 15. 15! I’ve been married for 12 years this July! Wow. Daniel is in the student ministry at my church. He also is in the media/tech ministry of our spanish congregation that meets on our campus. (We refer to them as span-con.” Daniel is a huge encouragement to me that God has the next generation taken care of because I know that he’ll use ‘kids’ like Daniel to serve Him. When I hear people talk about ‘youth’ in a negative way, I want to go up to them and put them in their place because of men like Daniel.
I was talking to my dad the other day, and we were talking about how God puts us in situations specific to his will and specific to his plan. That idea had crossed my mind before, but for some reason, I hadn’t thought about it wholly until that day.
And I started thinking: wow, God must really be all that he says he is. He has put me in a position where I can talk to so many different people of so many different backgrounds, and he has put me in a place where I can minister to people by just being a friend.
For example, just the other day, I was thinking about this guy that I’ve become really good friends with this year. We were acquaintances before, but I’d never really gotten to know the guy up until recently. Then we both joined the debate team and started what one would loosely call a bromance.
We started getting involved in a lot of stuff which had us waking up at ridiculously early hours (and still arriving late), only to have two hours to spare before school started. Well, everyday except for Wednesdays and Fridays.
And that’s when it all started.
On Wednesday mornings I have leadership meetings for my school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Well this friend of mine noticed that I would go to these every week, and he started following me in hopes of avoiding boredom.
And now, he’s gearing up to be a leader next year, because, as he puts it, “I feel like God has called me to reach out to colored people.”
I just find that so amazing! First of all, God made a leader out of someone who was just hoping to avoid boredom, and second of all, I had been asking God what I could do about the homogeneity(Andy here… here’s the definition of that word for you older folk on wikipedia) of the group of kids who go to FCA (after all, God is for whites, blacks, hispanics, asians, and everything in between), and finally here is someone who feels called to reach out to the rest of the unreached!
And that brings me back to my first statement: God is kind of amazing.