WELCOME TO VOLUNTEER FRIDAY!

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Adam!

ADAM DESAUTELS

Volunteer Area(s): Greenhouse: currently in Redwoods, but I have served in every area except Sprouts. Former Rove leader and Bloc leader, but having kids and going to grad school, I have had to step back from those areas for a time!

Why did you choose to volunteer in your areas? 

I believe that there are many expressions of faith in our community and providing opportunities to meet God in unexpected places has driven me to go where I am called.  

In Rove, people new to Watershed have often sought to experience nature and have a communal experience that isn't as focused on the core doctrine of a church. There are opportunities to see who we are in action without being super committed to a weekly Bloc full of people you've never met.

In leading a Bloc for men, I found a calling to come around some brothers and study our faith and challenge each other to grow. I think it is important for people to experience a relational Bloc or two before really getting into the nuts and bolts of how you personally can strive to be a better steward for Jesus.

Finally, Greenhouse is something I have done since before I had kids. It provides me with joy to see our kids having a faith experience that is truly special and different from what I knew as a kid. We have a lot of great people who want these kids to know they are loved by God and their community. I typically want to go where I am needed most, now that I have kids I actually want them to experience what our volunteers offer without it coming from mom or dad. I feel like this reinforces the good news that they are so loved!

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

I can only pick one?! I would have to say I have been floored by many of our kids as they find their voices and let us into their worlds. Just last week, there was a brother and sister who helped demonstrate Jesus' servitude by washing his disciples feet. They did this despite other kids calling it gross! It gives me such hope to see that kind of character in our kids.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be?

Nomadic. Seriously, we move more than someone in the military (if you can't tell by now I am a jokester!). Fruitful. The kids keep piling into GreenHouse and they ain't comin' from storks!

That's two words, Adam! But we love you, so we'll let it go! ;)

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte.

Sundays are family days for my family. We try to do things together with intention. I am always down for Watershed (of course), chores, hanging out with friends, the next honey-do project, or some crazy parental activity like Carowinds. Sometimes, I get to go out Saturday night and catch a band and hit up the diamond for a burger. I'd say that's probably the perfect lead into a Sunday because good music can recharge your soul.

 

NEXT TIME I’D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE TONY SANTORO BECAUSE… HE'S ALWAYS BEHIND THE SCENES VOLUNTEERING 40 WEEKS IN A ROW SO YOUR KIDS GET LOVED ON. I ADMIRED HIM STEPPING UP THIS SUMMER TO GIVE SOME VOLUNTEERS A BREAK AND I BET WE'LL LEARN SOMETHING WE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT HIM...