Dear Friends of LifeQuest,
"While He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, 'Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?'" Luke 22:47-48
Betrayal. Is there anything more heartbreaking and gut-wrenching than betrayal? Jesus understands it. I'm sure that, unfortunately, you also understand it far too well.
So do the kids we work with in the juvenile justice system in New Mexico. I have a friend who stated this, "Boys are assaulted by strangers. Girls are assaulted by someone who says 'I love you.'" According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, over 93% of juveniles that were sexually assaulted knew their attacker. Betrayal.
And here's the reality of that betrayal in a young person's life. Victims of sexual assault are:
- 3 times more likely to suffer from depression
- 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
- 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol
- 26 times more likely to abuse drugs
- 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide
Is it any wonder so many of our kids are locked up and desperately in need of help? LifeQuest offers that help. Our mission is to introduce these young men and women to the One who will never betray them and never let them go. They need to know that the Creator of the universe, the Giver of life loves them and wants to take care of them--to give them "life and life abundant."
Your financial support of this ministry allows us to do that day in and day out. We don't exist without you. Please consider a gift to this ministry this month. It may change a young person's life, for now and eternity.
John D. Jones