"Isaac" has had a difficult life to say the least. His Dad was murdered when he was 9, and his Mom was strangled to death when he was 12. So it's no wonder he told one of our chaplains that he was an atheist because "there ain't no reason for me to believe that there is a God." But after some individual time with a YFC chaplain where they looked at the Word and talked about where evil really comes from, Isaac began to soften in his attitude toward God. This was his response:

“God hasn’t helped me in jail because I don’t believe in him and I don’t pray. But I am starting to believe in him again because the chaplains helped me to realize I can’t blame God for what happened to my parents. I should be blaming the people who did it not God. So I want to start to believe in him again because he’s the reason I’m on this earth. He died for me to be here.”

 

Teens are given the opportunity to express themselves in different ways. Here is a poem written by a 15-year-old incarcerated teen:

“He was on that cross getting ready to die,
they said they saw tears drop from his eyes.
I just need you in my heart, light that one spark.
Help me to do good and stay out of the hood.
I know my sins hurt you, and they hurt me too,
so I need you to lead me so I can know what to do.”
 
 
"Being sentenced to the detention center was especially difficult to process emotionally. Fortunately, I was able to attend the large group meetings led by Chaplain Steve (Telfer) that occured at the facility. Those services were amazing. But meeting one on one with him was the game changer for me. Here was someone who cared, listened and most importantly spoke the truth of Jesus into my life. The volunteers and chaplain showed me the truth of the gospel and planted the seeds when I needed them the most! Also, Chaplain Steve and I continued our relationship post release from detention during my teenage years and, just recently, were reconnected once again." (An adult who was incarcerated as a teen in the Multi-County Juvenile Detention Center) 
 
 

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