Why They Come

March 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm 2 comments

Any kid’s attendance at a Bible study, or any other Straight Ahead event, is always voluntary. They do not receive any kind of incentive or credit for coming. They are never forced or obligated to be there. So why would they come? I am convinced that they come because the Lord draws them out. Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him….” (John 6:44). They come wondering if there is hope, a different life, and wondering if maybe there is someone (maybe even this God?) who can love them just as they are and even forgive them.

I believe one way the Lord draws them is through the volunteers who shine His Light as they come to visit them each week. Many of these faithful servants of Christ have been going in for years. They give of their time, energy, knowledge and wisdom. They give joyfully from their hearts.

A note written recently by one of the girls and signed by several of the youth was given to Kathy and Lois, who lead the Monday evening Bible study at the Webster House in Manchester. It reads, “Thank you for coming in every Monday to help us learn the word of God. It’s so greatly appreciated that you take time out of your own lives to help us kids. I understand that we are in your prayers and I am also thankful but remember that you are also in our prayers as well as our hearts.”

-Laura Williams, Straight Ahead’s New Hampshire Coordinator


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  • 1. karen free  |  March 11, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Hi Laura!

    I had been doing Bible study with some kids in an Omaha secure facility for the past 8 months or so, and a new job caused me to have to relocate about 90 miles away in January. I miss giving of myself in this way, and reading your blog this morning reminded me why: Because the kids bless us, too!

    I hope you are well.

    • 2. Laura Williams  |  March 13, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Karen,
      So good to hear from you! I guess you made it to Omaha as you had talked about. I’m sure the Lord will open up another opportunity for you if He chooses. The need is everywhere!
      Stay in touch.


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