As of today, 2020 can easily be viewed as a rough year to say the least. Between the pandemic, stay at home orders, murder hornets, civil injustice, protesting and rioting, it has been difficult to see the good throughout this year. Despite the chaos and the stress throughout the pandemic, I would like to shed light and give praise to God for what he has been doing within my relationship with Malachi.
I met Malachi while he was attending Mont Pleasant Middle School back in 2013. He began frequently attending our City Life program while we were located in Hamilton Hill, which is where our relationship would grow tremendously.
Growing up, Malachi was raised in the inner city of Albany and Schenectady where he and his family lived on section 8 housing, they were no strangers to lacking basic needs and relying on government assistance. Week after week at various City Life programs, we would spend countless hours hanging out alongside his friends having fun and teach them skills such as cooking, art, basketball and most importantly the truth of Jesus Christ and how to walk out faith.
Although he was rather reserved and quiet, he still continued to up show up and take an interest in faith, which ultimately lead to a conversation in Hillhurst Park where he bowed down and verbally gave his life to Jesus Christ.
That was 7 years ago and now Malachi has grown to be a mature and respectful young man who has graduated this year with the intent to go to Hudson Valley Community College in the fall, with the hopes to transfer to the University of Albany to pursue a business degree. He would be one of few people in his family to pursue education beyond high school. I am very proud of the young man he has become and I pray that the Lord would continue to move in his life, developing him into the man he is called to be for the Lord’s glory.
*Names have been changed