Encouragement ExchangeHow could you give encouragement to someone today?
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LESLIE'S SALT SHAKER II: "What I really want to do in this article, however, is lift up someone who deserves our thanks and praise in a really big way: Connie Alfaro. Connie has served as our Director of Youth for the last nine years. Week in and week out Connie made our young people in Middle School through High School and sometimes recent graduates, a priority; organizing weekly programs, teaching Sunday School, spending more nights than I care to think about chaperoning all night Lock-ins in the Fellowship Hall, organizing 30 Hour Famine's year in and year out, keeping our young people focused on mission and service with monthly service at Poverello House, annual 30 Hour Famine fundraising for hunger including Souper Bowl Sundays and Heifer Project International, and our United Methodist Committee on Relief. Connie has always gone the extra mile doing whatever was required of her to meet the needs of the situation such as teaching and even rewriting curriculum for True Love Waits. Connie met with me regularly to discuss our youth and youth ministry as well as meeting with the Youth Board and now the 0 â€“ 120 Team monthly for planning. Connie has also been the person who has taken the lead in major all church events such as the Live Nativity which she did a very lovely, calm and thorough job of orchestrating all of the scenes and the scene volunteers. Connie is one of those people who never recites to you everything she is doing around here-she just serves! All the while working full time and mothering two growing sons. But what I really appreciate about Connie is that she was someone I could count on. I never worried about whether Connie was on task! Her personal work ethic, integrity and congruence of personhood with high ethical standards are beyond reproach. Selfless, loving, giving, organized, diplomatic, thoughtful and hardworking - we all owe her a debt of gratitude. I am glad to call her my friend! And praise God for her call to Christian s