After 15 months, I got the opportunity to go back into a couple of detention facilities to see the youth. I visited four different pods with between 7-10 children inside each pod. It did not take long for me to remember why the Lord wants us there. Here are some questions we ask to start relationships. The answers received signify the reasons why I believe the Lord has us inside these facilities.
Question: When are you getting out of here?
How is your family?
Did you go to church on the outside?
As you can see there is a lot of brokenness. They have all been through years of trauma, abuse, and neglect. Last night we met with a group during outdoor recreation. When the youth go back in, they must report what the group did well while outside and what was done wrong. One young man said “a good thing was that he could talk to us”
Please pray that we will have full access to all the facilities soon. We only have access to about a third of the youth in custody. Pray for our volunteers, that they can stay on the plow and break up the hard ground. Please pray for the funding required to continue this ministry.
Have a blessed summer.
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