a is for animator

animate (verb): 1530s, “to fill with boldness or courage,” from Latin animatus pp. of animare “give breath to,” also “to endow with a particular spirit, to give courage to,” from anima “life, breath” (see animus). Sense of “give life to” in English attested from 1742. (From the online etymology dictionary.)

Isn’t this a million times more descriptive than dry old “facilitate?”

A junior youth group without an animator is like a body without a soul, while an animator without a group is a soul wandering ineffective and purposeless without a body. Bring them together, and watch things come to life.

Like life, the relationship can be full of frustrations and struggle.

But like life, it’s absolutely worth the effort anyway.

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