April 2016

Posted on by Renee Morales

It's been a few months since you've heard from me, and I apologize for that. We hit the ground running at the beginning of 2016 here at Parent Life and time seems to have flown by at lightning speed!

The last 3 months at Parent Life, our staff and volunteers have spent really going deeper emotionally and spiritually with our teen moms and dads. Our new tag line at Youth for Christ and in the Parent Life ministry is "Give Life to Your Story." In January, Parent Life moms and dads had the opportunity to hear every one of our 16 mentors stand before them and boldly share their stories.

In February, it was the teens' turns to begin exploring their own stories in our small groups. These groups are a safe place where our teens can be honest about their struggles, their doubts, their fears, their accomplishments, their joys. A place where there is no judgement or shame. A place where they know they will be heard. Every young mom and dad received a Parent Life journal  where they could write down their thoughts and feelings as they explored their stories together.

Our Parent Life teens had embarked on a journey through their past, their present and their future. Finally in March, they learned how God's story can give life to our stories. How the Bible is alive and relevant to our lives even today. How He can take the hurt, pain, guilt and shameful parts of our stories and replaces them with peace, hope, love and joy.

When asked what they had learned these last few months, one mom shared,

"No matter our back story, God has a much more fulfilling plan for each of our lives. I loved hearing everyone's stories. We've all been through so many things and to see where we all are now is amazing!"

Thank you for being a part of the Parent Life team through your prayers and support. We could not do this ministry without each and every one of you!

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