The young people we work with are survivors. I guess many people who come from hard places, have no choice but to survive. However, what makes these students special, is that they haven’t taken the easy road, they have chosen the narrow road to success. They have done all they can to do it the right way.
One student, let’s call him Blue, were abandoned by his parents when he was very young. He soon found himself living with his uncle whose ways were somewhat questionable. The uncle started sending Blue out to do his dirty work, forcing him to break into houses and steal. He was a young boy of probably around 6 or 7 when he entered this life of crime. He never felt comfortable with it, however, but when he didn’t comply, his uncle beat him severely. Everyone was scared of this man, so no one said anything.
In his mercy, God intervened and Blue ended up at a children’s home by the time that he was 11, and was taken in as a son – loved, protected and believed in. His life changed around, He found God and he became determined to make a success out of his life and to do it the right way.
Blue is a young adult now. He is well on his way to achieving his goals and is an amazing young man. Many good things have happened to him and the Lord has shown himself ever faithful.
However, there is always a battle over our lives. The world glitters at times, making us believe that it’s better out there, that the forbidden fruit is what we need. We have seen this battle rage in Blue’s life from time to time. We need to remain on our knees for these young people. As long as we are on this earth, there is always an enemy who brings a second voice, another plan for our lives. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Trust the Lord with us that students like Blue will remain on the straight and narrow, choosing to follow the One who rescued them and has empowered them to survive – the One who said that He will complete what He has started.