June 2015

Posted on by Renee Morales

There were two warring tribes in the Andes, one that lived in the lowlands and the other high in the mountains.  The mountain people invaded the lowlanders one day and as part of their plundering of the people, they kidnapped a baby of one of the lowlander families and took the infant with them back to the mountains.

The lowlanders didn't know how to climb the mountain. They didn't know any of the trails that the mountain people used, and they didn't know where to find the mountain people or how to track them in the steep terrain.

Even so, they sent out their best party of fighting men to climb the mountain and bring the baby home. The men tried first one method of climbing and then another.They tried one trail and then another. After several days of effort, however they had only climbed a couple of hundred feet. Feeling hopeless and helpless, the lowlander men decided the cause was lost, and they prepared to return to their village below.

As they were packing their gear for the descent, they saw the baby's mother walking toward them. They realized that she was coming down the mountain
that they hadn't figured out how to climb. And then they saw that she had the baby strapped to her back. How could that be?

One man greeted her and said, "We couldn't climb this mountain. How did you do this when we, the strongest and most able men in the village, couldn't
do it?"

She shrugged her shoulders and said "it wasn't your baby."

When I read this story I could easily picture the look in that young mother's eyes because I see that look in the eyes of many of the parents
that I work with. Maybe they had messed around in school for awhile.  Maybe they hadn't taken it seriously and were far behind when they found out they were pregnant. But because of that baby...they headed up that mountain every day.  They worked harder than ever.  They ignored the criticism and doubt
from friends and even family.  They got that job, sometimes two, and took classes at night if needed....doing whatever it took.  And last week we celebrated the completion of their high school education!!!

Join me in praying this month for our high school graduates: Mia, Bridget, Ashley, Michelle, Zach and Ricky.  Pray that the same drive and commitment
that pushed them up the mountain to finish their high school education, will continue to push them up future mountains that come across their

Thank you for partnering with the Parent Life ministry through your prayers and financial support. We could not do what we do without you!

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