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A Decade Later

January 25, 2011

June 29, 2000--report to MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) at 0600, with bag packed, to ship out.

June 29, 2000--stand in seemingly endless lines for most of the morning, thoughts racing.

June 29, 2000--at some point decide that this isn't what I want to do after all. Start praying for a way out . . . before I have to ship out.

Long, big-answer-to-prayer story short--I didn't have to go. (If anyone is interested, I can share my interesting history with the military.)

Now what to do? I had been planning on serving in the military for the past year. No college plans. No ideas on what I wanted for a career.

Another long story short, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to work with the youth of the church.

Now, let's go from the year 2000 until now. Goals and plans changed. Many paths have been travelled. Many experiences experienced. Many blessings received. Many mistakes and poor choices made. Much grace shown by God.

Fall 2010--God brings me back to what I had concluded ten years earlier--full-time youth ministry. Ten years ago I wasn't thinking of working with the youth through a magazine, though; I was thinking more along the lines of being a youth pastor. But things changed over the past decade, and God has put me in a position to still work with young people.

After a decade of me changing my plans (sometimes selfishly), God still found a way to use me in what He had called me to do--youth ministry. 

My name is Tom Fraga, and I'm the new assistant editor of Insight magazine. I am eternally grateful to God for His patience with me. A decade later and here I am--by God's grace--finally ministering full-time to young people. I'm very excited about this ministry.

To those who are reading this, you are loved and valued--and not just by people, not just by me and so many other youth workers, but also by the God of the universe, a patient, long-suffering God. Let God's amazing grace run through your life and watch what happens. It's incredible.   

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