After only one day with this group of grade 11′s, our students wondered if they were doing something wrong. Usually the kids open up fairly quickly and are willing to enter into all the students have planned for them, despite some fears. This group was different. There seemed to be walls up – and even heart breaking stories they encountered about the lives of those they came to serve were met with stone faces. But as the days past the walls began to come down and our students began to hear heart breaking stories from the kid’s own lives. This particular class had, for the most part, been together since kindergarten and the amount of hurt they had inflicted on each other had built up through the years into an unhealthy place. And from those places we have nothing to give to others. So God used the homeless people – again – to break down some of the self-protecting walls and open up conversations about pain and hurt. And on the last night at 2:00 a.m. kids were still awake at the Lifeteams building, scattered all around the facility praying for each other and repenting to each other for the way they had been.
God is doing a new thing in these kids’ hearts – reconciling them to each other and most importantly to himself. We had planned a trip to reconcile them to the poor, but God showed them who the poor really were.
Posted on February 28, 2013