“Christians are the Only People who go through Bad Things and Can Still be Happy.”

Posted on by Reba Brookes

 “Sierra’s” father is absent and her mother is addicted to drugs. She’s been in and out of placements since she was 12 years old, and ran away from her most recent one. That’s how she ended up at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility where she met Satara, a YFC chaplain.

Youth who are locked up at FCJD will attend church or any activity just to get off of their pod (living area).  The day Sierra attended the YFC Bible study they discussed Job 3:20-26: “Why does God let me live when life is miserable and so bitter? I keep longing for death more than I would seek a valuable treasure.  Nothing could make me happier than to be in the grave.  Why do I go on living when God has me surrounded and I can’t see the road? Moaning and groaning are my food and drink, and my worst fears have all come true.  I have no peace or rest - only troubles and worries.”

Satara asked the group, “Have any of you girls ever felt like Job?” Many of the girls spoke of deep pain in their lives. Every girl who shared had a touching story. Sierrra, though, articulated her emotions so well that anyone would be heartbroken by her words.  Among other violations, two years ago, when she was 15, she was raped by an “old man.” Sierra could not grasp how God could still love her, and call Himself her protector yet allow something so painful to happen to her. This allowed Satara to open up a new topic about the free will God has given us. Although Sierra understood free will, she felt such unbearable pain that she didn’t want to accept nor think about what forgiveness looked like in this situation.

A few days later, Sierra came up to Satara and said, “I want to accept God into my heart. I need to do it but I was waiting for you to come back.” Satara asked many questions about what brought about this change. Sierra merely said, “Christians are the only people who go through bad things and can still be happy.” Satara prayed with Sierra, and she accepted Christ into her heart!

As it happens so often with incarcerated youth, Sierra is now in a new placement. Praise God that He has a relationship with her, and that she can grow in Him wherever she is. Pray for Sierra, that she can pass along what she's learned about God to others who may be struggling with similar issues.

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