One of our volunteer leaders, Mallory, has been pursuing one of our more challenging girls, Sally*, over the course of the past year. Mallory has driven all over town to pick up her friend. Over the course of their friendship, Sally has lived in three different homes due to changes in her circumstances. Mallory has waited for over an hour at times for Sally to be ready to leave for a YoungLives event. Sally has spent some time in a juvenile detention facility, her dad is out of the picture and her mom is unreliable.
At our last club, Sally showed up with a black eye and a cut across her face. By the end of the evening, Mallory had found out that Sally's boyfriend had physically hurt her the day before. We told Sally that she does not deserved to be treated this way and that her and her child need to step away from this man. We followed some legal procedures while trying to encourage Sally. Mallory was brought to tears hearing about the hurt her friend had experienced. We reminded Sally how loved she is by Mallory, by our whole team and most importantly by God. She is not alone.
Over the past three weeks, we have continued to walk this difficult road with Sally as she tries to find a safe place to live and a source of income. At times she is very open to our love and support, while at other times she puts up an impenetrable wall.
Mallory continues to point Sally to Jesus who is our Provider, Protector and Defender. Our team is faithfully praying for Sally and for provision for her family. She accepted Christ this summer at camp, but is learning what it means to walk with Him daily and to trust Him even in the worst of circumstances. I wish there was an easy road map for her journey.
When I write, I normally want to share the highlights and successes. However, this is the day in and day out work of this ministry. There are times where we get to be a part of the Lord reaping a harvest in the hearts of His people. However, most of the time our work feels more like toiling the ground and occasionally planting a seed. Most weeks it feels like pulling weeds and fighting hard battles side by side with these girls. We pursue girls and model the unconditional love of Christ regardless of where life takes them. Despite the difficulty and heartache, it is one of life's greatest privileges to get a front row seat to God's restoration and renewal of broken people and broken situations.
*Name changed to protect confidentiality