It feels like just a second ago that we were all enjoying water activities at the end of the summer. It feels like in the blink of eye we are arriving at November. The video above highlights some of our favorite moments in September. So far this school year, we are praying for the 58 teenage mothers in the Thomas Jefferson Community and 20 in the WT White community.
In October we had one of our best nights spent with the girls. 8 girls and 4 leaders spent 5 hours making homecoming mums together. The supplies for the mums were generously donated by some supporters. It is a huge treat for the girls to have the opportunity to make a mum. They were proud to wear them at school. This is a small way we can communicate to them that we value them.
We also helped put on the annual homecoming tailgate at Thomas Jefferson High School. We fed nearly 500 students in an hour! We want students to know that YoungLives exists so that in the first moment a girl finds out that she is pregnant she already knows of a place where she will receive support and love. We believe that this is one way we can empower women to know they have the opportunity to choose life for their child. The homecoming tailgate is a great way for us to serve the school and the students.
We have also been in the regular rhythm of club and campaigners. At almost every campaigners meeting, I tell the girls “if you don’t have a bible, you are welcome to take this one home.” Very few of them ever do. This month, we studied the bible at campaigners. We always read from the bible, but this time we were focusing on what the bible is, why we read it, and what it does. We talked about how God’s word is a light for our path. At the end of the lesson one of the girls asked, “Can I take this bible home with me?” The answer: “Absolutely! Any of you that need a bible can take this one home.” Almost every girl took one home that night.
Our prayer is that they will continue to read God’s word. We want them to see the Bible as God’s love letter to them. We want it to light their world when everything else seems dark.