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March Newsletter 2019
“But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
I read an article the other day regarding “underprivileged children” and couldn’t help but think, “I wonder if people view the population of kids we work with as “underprivileged?” When you see the crime and the damage done by our kids it’s really hard to think of them as underprivileged, isn’t it? But what does it mean to be underprivileged?
According to Webster’s Dictionary, it means: “deprived through the social or economic condition of some of the fundamental rights of all members of a civilized society.” I thought this was fascinating! I seriously doubt there is a population in the United States more “underprivileged,” according to that definition than those young men and women we serve.
The stories our staff and volunteers hear each and every week from our kids about their lives growing up would never be described as a civilized society. Drug dealing and drug use, violence, neglect, negative role models, broken homes and abuse are just some of the topics discussed. How in the world could we view these young people as anything but “underprivileged?”
Yet I’m afraid we do far too often. Instead of looking past the person and looking at the actions and inactions that SHAPED that person I’m afraid it’s far, far to easy to just judge and condemn the kids God has called us to reach. I’ve certainly been guilty of that very thing. Maybe you have also? Yet the message we bring of the desperate, unfailing love of God for our kids is so, so hard for them to grasp. If you’ve never known unconditional love it’s an incredibly hard concept to fathom. I know of many adults sitting in church every Sunday that still struggle with it.
Jesus said to “let the little children come to me.” Thank you for helping us help our youth to “come to Him.” It’s why we do everything we do. And it is only possible because of your love and support. And I thank God for each and every one of you.
John D. Jones