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  • Writer's pictureLisa McMahon

Child Comes to Children's Shelter and is Transformed by the Love of Jesus

Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  I will never forget when “Bobby” came to our Children’s Shelter. Even at first glance, we knew this was going to be a difficult situation. At 10 years old this child has been through things that no child should ever have to encounter. Since being brought into DCF custody, he has been hospitalized and moved from placement to placement. Upon arrival, he met a volunteer here who would soon be his mentor. “Bobby” had many behavioral issues due to his childhood. He had a history of physical assault and would destroy property and verbally abuse staff and children.  At times he would be so angry that one could not talk to him. This would cause him to disrupt his placement and be moved time and time again.

But that’s where God stepped in. Here at our Children’s Shelter, we don’t give up on these children. Unlike most shelters who typically house children for short periods of time, God has laid it upon our hearts to keep them as long as we possibly can to create some stability in their lives. “Bobby” was very close to being moved. DCF was getting ready to put him in a higher level of care, meaning more of a lock down facility. With “Bobby’s” behaviors, I could totally understand, but I also knew the power of God’s transformation. I decided to go against what everyone was telling me and requested he stay a little longer, so that we could have more of an opportunity to stabilize him. He soon noticed that no matter how he acted, we were not going to give up. His mentor began working extensively with him in the area of reading. I worked on getting him into a therapeutic school, and God really began to work in his heart.

“Bobby” is still with us today and has recently been rewarded for having the highest grades in the house! He got an A+ in reading, whereas when he first came to us he could barely read at all. Sometimes we can grow really weary in doing good, especially when we don’t see the results we want right away. But God’s Word is true. In due time we shall reap a harvest. Please join me in praying for “Bobby”, that he will continue to grow in the Lord and become a lighthouse to other school aged children coming into our care. And pray for us as we strive to help these children become all that the Lord wants them to be!

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