As I shared bits and pieces of my testimony with the students, their eyes were wide and some of them had open mouths.
“Who is this girl you are talking about?”
“Yea, I feel like I am talking about a different person…”
During our LifeSkillz class that Coraviece and I are conducting in Mounds and Cairo, we have opportunity to teach the students about a lot of cool stuff. I am amazed at how this has all worked out. I mean, come on…I was about to meet with a group of teen girls this summer and do exactly that – teach them about positive decision making, myths of drug use, peer pressure, sex, STDs…and now I can actually get paid for it. Praise Jesus!
God opened the door for me to share a little about some past experiences. My only hope is that they learn from my terrible mistakes and make better ones. Also, that they would see the glory of God in my life. That He is the one that turned me around.
After LifeSkillz, one of the gals was helping us unload our stuff at Cora’s house. We got to chatting about quite a few things. She asks us why we are so concerned about what the teens are doing.
“Why are adults always giving advice, can’t we just learn from our OWN mistakes?”
I began to share with her how I grew up in the church and yet didn’t understand who Jesus was and why he died on the cross and why that mattered in my life. I told her that IF an older woman would have come into my life to share the truth about Christ, maybe I wouldn’t have made such poor decisions. I told her with passion, how much I loved her and wanted to see her make good choices and not suffer the consequences that I faced as a teenager. We talked about a lot of things and prayed before we left. Overall, I am just in awe, watching God touch the lives of these teenagers.
It is just beautiful.
Please, continue to pray for these teenagers.