Posts Tagged ‘Speak Life’

    Two years of ministry have flown by, and so much has happened it’s hard to figure out where to start. There has been such an amazing change in the residential facility I lead outreaches to. I remember on my first day visiting after doing a bible study we played basketball. During the basketball game a kid literally road another kid to the ground hanging on his back and biting his shoulder. It seemed to happen so fast and out of nowhere. Keep in mind that this facility is for kids in foster care who have extreme behaviors and are being treated at the facility. I can say after a little time it became easy to see when a child was being triggered and to see a situation escalating. There were several times being there where kids would get into fights and it would become so disruptive that sometimes I wondered if the message was even heard when we would tell the kids about God. However over time the kids would remember stories from the bible that we shared. And there were several amazing testimonies of individual kids having great incounters with God. Even seeing behaviors in kids completely change. However as a whole group it was an environment that seemed like it could be triggered into a chaotic mess at any moment. Kids would cuss and say rude or mean things while playing simple games like kickball and sometimes a fight might occur. Kids on the losing teams sometimes triggering in such a way that we discussed maybe not doing any kind of competitive activity for play time. But we continued to pray for God to break in. Then one day a little over a year of consistent outreach during worship a huge breakthrough happened. The kids actually began singing and engaging in a way that had never happened. The spirit of God moved in the facility and a transformation happened. Kids began wanting to sing. While we had some great stories with one on one interactions with kids now there was a group interaction happening that had never happened in this way before. Our time with the kids turned into them all wanting to hear about God. They wanted to sing worship and dance. We haven’t seen a fight among the boys for at least 9 months. They cheer for each other when playing games the environment has completely changed. Even as new kids come and other kids leave the environment stays the same. It’s because they have found comfort in the presence of God. As well as their identity in who God says they are and there value to Him.

Let’s continue to pray for healing and brake through with these kids will you join us?? How can you be involved?? Located your local group homes or residential facilities and find out how you can volunteer. This all started with a board game. (You must loose to win)