I knew Marcus through Facebook. I had heard students talk about him. And though I think we may have had one of those ‘hallway introductions’ several years ago, I didn’t get to really meet him until last year at SYMC. It was a pretty cool conversation. Marcus is actually the youth pastor at the church where I served when we lived in McAllen, TX. We were able to swap stories, gossip (I mean ‘share in love’), and generally catch up on church life. As we parted ways and I headed toward my hotel room, I had a palpable sense of peace regarding what good hands ‘my’ students had been left in. Sometimes we leave churches and we never know what happens to the student ministry. Or we leave and we know exactly what happens…and we don’t like it. What an immeasurable blessing to meet someone who shares passion and vision with me – and now the commonality of ministry and relationships with people I love.