Mike was studying to be a deacon when he felt God calling him to start a drill team. He took a chance and has never regretted that he listened.
In 20 years, Mike has taught students in the Temple Guard Drill Team discipline with the last 10 years at YWCA York. It keeps them out of gangs and in the schools, but what he loves most is how they each grow from their experience.
“It inspires them, let’s them know what they’re worth, and they just fly like the eagles from there,” Mike says. “You’ve got your introvert that comes in shy, and you see their spirits change, and they’ll be able to perform in front of a bunch of people. It just builds self-esteem and confidence.”
For Mike, directing the team and working with the YWCA youth has become a full-time job, another thing that amazes him daily.
“To be able to do something that you would do for free and turn it into a living, it’s not even like work for me,” he says. “I get inspired every day. No amount of money could ever amount to the feeling I get on a daily basis of seeing the light come on in our youth.”