Monday, June 02, 2008

Standing in the Yard

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the just feels like it. I started a new job several weeks ago and I've been soooo busy that I don't have time to blog. I miss talking to you guys (which is weird since I have no idea who reads these things). Anyway, I wanted to say a quick hi and let you know that I'm still here.
I'm still working downtown at the Baton Rouge Dream Center. I'm still helping out with paper work, facilities, working with teams and doing outreach. Now I'm also working at an after school program for 12-18 yr olds and working with homeless and at-risk youth. I'm having a little trouble with time management, but only because there's not enough of it. I'm starting to get the hang of what I'm doing so it's improving every week.
We had almost 100 people at Thrive on Friday. That's just God. When Pastor Johnny asked us a couple years ago to start a ladies bible study he told us to shoot for 10 women. Now we have men, women, children...the whole gamut. How cool is that?
On Saturday outreach we went to Dixie (a poverty-stricken neighborhood a few miles from the Dream Center) to hand out groceries and invite people to church. I saw Aliquisha again standing in her yard. She's about twelve years old, has an obvious developmental disability and was wearing the same white t-shirt and blue shorts that I've seen her in for the past 3 weeks. I waved to her and she gave me a quick smile. My heart breaks for her. She comes to church with us every week...and then she goes back home and stands in the yard.
I use to spend a lot of time standing in my yard when I was a kid. There was stuff going on in my house that shouldn't have been going on...stuff that shouldn't go on in any home. I wonder what goes on an Aliquisha's house that makes her stand in the yard.
I am so grateful that God is the Father of the fatherless. He knows every situation, every fear and every reality that each of us face. I believe that God will intervene in Aliquisha's life. I believe He will make a way where there seems to be no way. But until He does, will you be praying for Aliquisha with me? Thank you. God bless.