July 15th // Shane Thompson

Posted on by SpokaneYFC

John 10:10: The thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

     10/10.  More than just two numbers.  Ten Ten has significant meaning.  Ten Ten represents not just life, but life to the fullest!  Like a cup overflowing with water, spilling out onto the table and dripping onto the floor. Ten Ten represents liberation! Reclaiming the life that God promised us, ripping thievery, death and destruction out of the enemy’s hands and hammering the banner of life on top of the rubble.  Ten Ten represents adventure!  Venturing deep into the wild, leaping off waterfalls, surfing the raging seas, scaling the highest peaks, returning home bruised and bloody with a story to tell.  Ten Ten represents a new story.  One that takes the disadvantaged, the broken, the depressed, the abused, the abandoned, the ashamed, the bed ridden and interjects a simple period and ends a chapter. Ten Ten is the beginning of a new chapter, promised and written by the Almighty Creator of the universe.  Ten Ten is tattooed on the heart of EVERY true follower of God and promised to us who have chosen to embark on this lifelong adventure, walking side by side with our Creator.  This journey was never promised to be safe or comfortable but designed for us to look into the mirror with our battle scars and see our true purpose.  Life and Life to the full.

     Ten Ten has been the anchor behind this new chapter leading Unified Underground with YFC.  Last year, a few friends and I piloted our first ever “camp on the road” called Ten/Ten.  A model designed to engage kids who are deeply rooted in the subculture they identify with.  In our case we built this adventure around skateboarders.  For many years I have raised thousands of dollars to take these kids to our national camps, only to find out they want nothing more than to skate.  All day, all night, with every breath that they breathe they want it to be on a skateboard.  This dream of a skateboard and surf trip had been rattling around in my head for years, I suppose the fear of having to raise more money and step out of the boat onto to new waters kept me from venturing away from our traditional camp model.  But we took the plunge!  Last August we ended up taking around 11 kids and 5 leaders on an epic 5 day skateboard and surf trip to the Oregon coast.  Rather than forcing our guys to engage in traditional camp games we just skated or surfed all day, ate dinner, then sat around a fire and shared the message of Christ.  We chose to share the Gospel by embodying the three story model, sharing our testimonies, connecting that to the kids stories then letting God do the rest.

     Shortly after returning from this epic adventure, one kid “Elliot”, who has been around YFC since the 5th grade felt inspired to reach his friends for Christ at local skateparks.  Last September S.I.C. (Skaters In Christ) was birthed.  Since last September Elliot has been leading the charge of running a skateboard outreach at our local parks every Thursday.  We have witnessed God creating an authentic movement among the skate culture in Spokane.  So much so, that as we plan to leave for our 2nd annual 10/10 trip next week, our numbers have doubled!!!!  We are planning on taking 20 kids and 7 leaders this year!  God is pretty rad.

     One of the biggest lessons I have learned on this Ten Ten adventure through life with God is to not limit my believing.  The end of James 4:2 says simply, “you have not because you ask not.”  Mark 9:23 says, “if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  We are all given the keys to a Ferrari (the Holy Spirit) in life with God, yet we tend to spend life driving around in second gear.  Rather than letting fear drive us at times, living out John 10:10 means taking the wheel back from the enemy and taking that Ferrari as fast as it goes.  My dream is to invite as many people that I meet into this radical Ten Ten life promised by God as possible, and watch as He unlocks life, and life to the fullest in their lives.

SHANE THOMPSON

Director of Unified Underground
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READ MORE ABOUT SHANE AND HIS WORK AT YFC HERE.
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