Through Struggles

There are just some students that really grab your attention and really tug at your heart. One of those kids in the Schenectady City Life program is Samantha.

Samantha is one of the sweetest girls ever! She is a regular at City Life and has been to almost every event or trip that we have offered. Samantha has accepted Jesus as her Savior, but still deals with a lot of different struggles. It seems to me that she tries to find a lot of acceptance from boys; and she really craves that attention. She struggles at home due to her mom being sick and her father being absent. She has said some things that made me believe that she has considered taking her life before. Through all of these different struggles, she always seems to have a smile on her face whenever we see her at City Life.

Last year, Samantha  texted me and said she needed help with a friend that was contemplating suicide. She asked me to pray for her friend and was asking me to possibly come to where they were to try to assist in the situation. After a few texts back and forth, Samantha told me that her friend was good because she shared Jesus’ love for her, prayed with her and told her to not give up. I still have those text messages saved and it was one of the best days I’ve had in ministry! Samantha is an amazing girl who loves Jesus, but still has struggles. Please join me in continually praying for Samantha as she grows in her faith and shares the light of Jesus with others.

-Khristian Collins
*Names have been changed