The picture below is a success story of a young man from a single mom's home. He really struggled in school, but thanks to the support he received from those who truly cared about him, he was able to graduate with his high school class. Both his brother and sister (pictured) persevered and graduated as well. The three of them broke the cycle of high school drop out patterns.
We first met Jenna at the New Mexico Girls Ranch when she was 13. She had been placed there because her adoptive parents decided her issues were beyond their comfort zone. This child was not only hurt by her birth parents through abuse and neglect, but also by her adoptive parents, with rejection and the inability to accept her. When Jenna's time at the Ranch was over, she had no choice but to return to her adoptive family who made her, and her brother live in a trailer in the back of their house with no hot water. Even though Social Services did nothing to help the young teens. Jenna excelled and went on to serve three years in The National Guard and one tour in Iraq. Ironically by the grace of God, Jenna ended up in the same city as us, and we have reconnected with her. During her military career, something happened to Jenna that left her with further PTSD. As the result, she was unable to remain in Military Service and lost all her benefits and ended up incarcerated for a while. In the meantime, custody of her son was stolen from her, and her daughter lives hundreds of miles away. Our prayer is to cover all aspects of Jenna's emotional needs, legal issues credit repair, possible relocation near her children, and home ownership.
The absence of dads is a detrimental epidemic which is causing the downfall of many young people. Fathers not in the home and not paying child support are most generally the reasons our young people fall into drugs, quit school, and end up within the juvenile court system. Our prayer is to help fathers to realize their God given purpose and responsibility to stand firm in Christ with their children, even if the relationship with his spouse has failed. However, whenever possible, our ultimate goal is to bring healing to the family through reconciliation. Further, as we walk along with the young men in the programs, we strive to teach them of their profound role for the future.