Working with troubled teens is important to me. It’s not that it is rewarding, it is and I’m not that selfish and vain, that’s not what I’m looking for. What it is, is the help and encouragement that is made in their lives.
I have worked with teens in a particular residential facility for 2 1/2 years. For most of that time, I have been responsible for what is called “spiritual time” on Sunday’s. It’s not church, though a couple of the kids have called it that. It’s not a conversion class or proselytization time, it is to help the kids learn and grow and build their self-worth with teachings from the Bible…lessons on trust, forgiveness, respect, and such. At the same time, many of the students have told me what their spiritual struggles are, from wanting to believe in God to how to deal with life or the difficulties of life and many more.
About two years ago, some of the students asked for a weekly Bible study. When we were certain they had a real interest and it wasn’t a means to gain attention or avoid programing, we set about trying to establish one. The final couple of hurdles are being hurdled (you don’t jump hurdles, you hurdle them). One was scheduling. The other, cirriculum. We have crossed those hurdles are getting the materials together, organizing the class and will begin in a couple of weeks.
An added bonus is that the students can also receive school credit for the Bible study.
Thank God that he is opening doors to teach a small portion of this young generation about his word.