Meeting kids where they are at with Christ-centered relationships that give hope.
The truth is, no kid enjoys being in jail, even for one night; not to mention those who spend most of their adolescent years there! But, it is the place where God moves in powerful and mysterious ways in the hearts and soul of these precious young lives!
For example: Tommy is one of the newer guys who has started coming to group. You are quickly drawn to him as he is the one who struggles to stay on topic during group discussions and always ready to laugh at someone’s jokes; but shows deep hurt when your eyes connect! Eyes that are reflecting some of the trauma he has experienced in his young life; trauma that has taught him not to trust himself or others; only hoping something good will eventually happen to him.
Most of Tommy’s day is spent trying to get his basic human need for recognition as a ‘person’ met; without having the learned skills or knowledge to do so!
Consequently, Jesus and the Bible have MUCH to say about meeting his needs! Last week I met with him one-on-one and invited him to consider entering into an intensive (Christ-centered) six-month Life Coach/Mentoring relationship. A relationship that would require commitment and hard work from both of us but would also be life-changing for us both!
I am scheduled to meet with Tommy this week to hear his decision as to whether or not he is now ready to make such a personal commitment.
Tommy’s story of struggle represents the dilemma of every young person we know who is in jail! Their basic need for food, shelter and security are being met while being locked up. Now, through the powerful work of the Holy Spirit, they become open to hearing and learning that they were created by God with purpose and He has a much different plan for their lives! It all starts by God graciously giving them a new identity through his Son, Jesus Christ!
This is the all-important work you are involved in when you pray for and financially support Southern Colorado Youth for Christ!
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