October 2015

Posted on by Renee Morales

One of the things I love so much about Youth for Christ is the passion of our leadership and staff nationwide for listening to the stories of the broken hearted and connecting them to the Healer of broken hearts. Our tagline is "Give life to your story." We all have a story to tell. Our Parent Life teens come through our doors each week with a story. Gut wrenching, heartbreaking stories.

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved."  Ephesians 2:4-5

"When I was four my dad left us. Soon after that, my mom dropped me and my four siblings off at daycare and just never came back."  BUT GOD. "The reason I am so gentle with my son is because I know what it's like to be hurt and neglected and to have no one to turn to. I never want him to think he isn't loved and cherished. That's why I try so hard to be a good mom to him."

"I was 14 when I first got pregnant. I was not the best person. I loved drugs and drinking. Everyone said that I would be  a trainwreck of a mother." BUT GOD. "I have been 100% sober for five years now! For my children and myself. I would not change my life at all."

"When word of my pregnancy got out, a lot of people in my church looked at me weird and didn't want me to even watch their kids anymore. They treated me like I had the plague rather than a new life growing inside of me. If God's people were judging me, then God must be too. What if he didn't love me anymore?" BUT GOD. " I realize now that God's love for me never changed. He loved me before I got pregnant and he loves me now."

"I found out I was pregnant for a third time; 20 years old and on baby number 3. I fell into a depression and decided I was going to get an abortion. There was no way I was going to be able to afford a third child." BUT GOD. " I decided not to go to my appointment the day of the abortion. I knew in my heart I could never forgive myself for going through with it. Most importantly, I knew that God would see me through the difficulty of raising three kids."

"I remember coming to Lubbock and not having anything to my name but two babies, a mattress and clothes. I didn't even have any food." BUT GOD. "They didn't know me or know I was in need but they gave me leftovers from dinner to take home. I didn't even say I had no food because I was embarassed to admit it, but they gave me food. I kept going back to Parent Life and I gained so many friends. More importantly, I gained a relationship with Christ."

BUT GOD. There may not be two more hopeful words. And because of each of you who partner with us in prayer, with your time and with your generous giving, our Parent Life teens have an opportunity each Tuesday night to encounter the God who gives life to their stories.

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