Lately I’ve been getting rather discouraged with the kids in our ministry. They attend our programs every week, we teach them about life skills, and walk beside them in their struggles but when I look around I see some that prefer living in the same toxic behaviors and patterns that keep them broken and stuck. The other day I brought my frustration to the Lord and asked him to open my eyes to see that our work is not in vain and that he would mold the kids.
One day, I was leaving my house to go into work when I saw this young man walking with such urgency in the road. I looked in my rearview just to see if I knew the kid and it was Harold, who we’ve been consistently praying for over the last few months. I was able to give him a ride and we we’re able to catch up on life.
Harold has always been a kid who struggled and had a tough past. Having been locked up before and was a run-away, we were uncertain where his life would take him. As we caught up in the car, it was clear that the Lord has been moving and answering prayers. This young man has been turning away from the ways of the streets and has been hard at work at the country club golf course; motivated and determined to live a new life and trying to lead and encourage his friends to become better for themselves.
It brought me such great joy to hear that the Lord has been faithful in our prayers transforming Harold’s character and leading his footsteps to a new life. It’s stories like these that keep me going and focused on the mission. Please continue to pray for the inner-city youth that the Lord would break toxic patterns and behaviors and bring them to new life and dreams.
*Names have changed