Thursday, March 5, 2009

Prayer Request

Ladies I wanted to pass along a prayer request to you. I know that many of you have faith and know the power of prayer. Many of you know I volunteer with Young Life. For those of you who don't know what YL is here is a link with a quick explanation.
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Basically we are on the front lines of ministry. We find the kids who have been left behind and are forgotten by the rest of the world. We seek out these kids and earn the right to be heard. These aren't the kids who are seeking God, rather ones that God Himself is seeking. YL can get a bad rap because it isn't as deep as people want but it is truly for kids who know nothing about God.
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We have an amazing head leader, Drew, who has done an amazing job of getting the outcast emo kids to our biweekly club. (Most clubs are made out of rich prep kids because they can be the easiest to find/be around.) Most of the kids at our club though are the very roughest of the rough. The kid that you hope your kids (or future kids) don't associate with. I know that some of these kids have already seen more terrible things that most of us could even imagine. You should have seen the anger that these kids had when we talked about how they saw their fathers.
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Every time I am around them it is a complete drain because they are such hard kids. They are constantly pushing the rules and every boundary. We are constantly having to watch them and make sure they are behaving. At a typical club they are climbing on the roof, digging through the cupboards for food even though we are making food for them, smoking in the backyard even though we tell them not to every week, making out and something is stolen every week.
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There is some serious spiritual warfare going on in our community.
Our safe suburb was ripped apart 10 years ago and it is happening again in a different way. Perhaps you were touched by Columbine as much as we were and you will remember our pain and once again pray for us and our schools. Although we are not at columbine high school it is amazing to see the warfare that is still going on in our community.
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I just ask that you keep these kids in your prayers. They are hurt and broken and need God's love more than anything else. If you could spread the word and once again pray for Littleton, Colorado and the kids that live here.
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Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things
Jeremiah 33:3

16 comments:

Gwen said...

Definitely saying prayers for them. I lost a few friends in my days that were just like the kids you are describing. I wish there would have been more people willing to reach out to them like you all do. Praying for you to have the strength to continue doing the Lord's work. {HUGS}

Gretchen and Jimmy said...

Defintely praying :)

KLC said...

***praying***

b is for brown said...

prayers headed your way! great bible verse!

Caitlin said...

I'm praying too!

Lucky in Love said...

Lauren,

It is truly wonderful what you are doing for these kids. I know that most people would not be able to put in the time and effort that you are for those kids. You are an inspiration.

I do hope things start to improve for you and you see some progress in your group.

Praying!

Mrs. Stilettos said...

Oh Lauren, it will certainly be in my prayers!!

tray chic said...

i will be praying for your young life kids as well as you! it's so wonderful that there are people like you to reach out to kids in need! god bless!

love and light,
tray chic

Mags said...

Many prayers for your kids and for you too!!!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Will do. I work with a lot of at-risk kids...some of whom are deeply wounded. They need our prayers and a lot of adult attention...I always encourage folks to also consider becoming a mentor.

AEO said...

Lauren, what you are doing is wonderful. Even if it doesn't feel like it, you are working your way (and God's way) into their hearts one baby step at a time. Thank you for sharing your ministry with those who need it most. I'll be praying for your group that you can see their hearts and minds opening and they can feel the difference in themselves.

Mrs. Ruby said...

I'm very familiar with Young Life, and although it gets a bad rap it such a wonderful organization. I'm so happy to hear that there are people out there very willing to help these kids cry out for help.
I'll be praying!!!

Angela Darling said...

You should be proud of yourself for the work that you do. Thoughts and prayers coming your way.

The Shabby Princess said...

They're in my prayers. I work with a group of teenage girls and I see very similar things--they live in hard areas and have no reason to break out and LIVE.

Also, love the new blog design!

StylishSuburban said...

saying prayers for them..I left you something on my blog.

Lis said...

Definitely in my prayers!!