Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9
I received a phone call the other day from a friend who knew of a young lady who might be a good fit for Harvest House. We talked on the phone for awhile about the situation and I was able to hear some of the details of why her current situation wasn’t working out well and why she needed Harvest House. The conversation made my stomach turn.
There were two reasons for this. The first was hearing about the abuse, neglect and horrors this young lady has endured. I could not imagine growing up the way she had or the situations she had encountered especially at such a young age. The second reason was that my response horrified me. I listened to her story and had heard similar stories enough times to know what questions to ask to get to the root of the issue. I knew what details would give me key information into the situations and what I needed to know in order to understand what kind of help she would probably need. It almost felt commonplace, like I was running down a mental checklist, to do this sort of investigation into the dark recesses of her life.
I have been in youth ministry for over ten years. I have heard all sorts of stories about abuse, neglect, extreme punishments, drug use, kids raising themselves, fighting, and so much more. It all makes me want to weep, but very little of it surprises me anymore. I pray that my heart never stops breaking for the ones who can’t defend themselves - the young men and women who are desperate for genuine love from people who want to invest in them. And I pray that God continues to open our eyes to see how to reach these young people with His love in a way they can understand.
Have a blessed day,
Aaron and Elizabeth Kilby HarvestDayton@gmail.com
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