Faith in Action

March 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

It started with a simple idea. One woman from a church in Pennsylvania thought “We should buy gifts for teenagers who are locked-up this Christmas season.” She rallied the rest of her Sunday School group behind her and off they went to buy gifts for 16 teenage boys doing time in a juvenile lock-up facility here in Massachusetts.

All of the boys were seated in a circle around the common room when I presented the gifts. Afterwards, one of the boys was given permission by staff to stand and address the group. “We should do something for them, too, as a way to say thank you.” This young man was clearly the leader in the facility and immediately all of the boys were discussing the best way they could thank the church. Then it was decided: “We’ll make them hats.”

Nearly two months later I received this letter from the church which gave the gifts:

We received a box of 70 hand crocheted hats from the teenagers in lock-up as a “thank you” for the Christmas gifts! The hats are beautiful. We took a picture yesterday of our group wearing the hats. It seems that we have formed a relationship with this facility and we’d like to keep it going.

And the church continues to invest in these boys. For Valentine’s Day, the Sunday School class sent all 16 boys a copy of this photo as well as a Valentine’s Day card with everyone’s signatures. I spoke with the director of the facility this morning and this is what he said:

The boys were shocked that people who live out of state and whom they’ve never met actually care about them. Here at the facility, we talk about the importance of giving all the time. It is nice to actually be able to give and see giving in action.

At Straight Ahead, we are so thankful for the people who invest in the teenagers we work with, sharing not only the Gospel of Christ, but their own lives as well!

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