Receiving The Harvest
Though it is vital to properly mold children from birth, it is important to know that with the Lord there comes mercy that can be new every morning. As God promised in Joel 2:25a: “I will restore to you the years that the locust have eaten.
Because of the society in which we live, more often than not, it seems children have not been raised in an environment of consistency; therefore, it is important to remember that it is never too late to teach our young people about God’s Word which builds character and reveals His grace that provides another chance. This is the mission of the Paul Anderson Youth Home.
One of the principles we want “our boys to learn is that: we are to live in harmony. (“Make every effort to live in peace with all men Hebrews 12:14a) Because they live, work, and play together, there are occasions of disagreement. Many of our young men have never been “bridled, so they know little about “controlling their emotions or “subduing their passions.
At the PAYH, we constantly teach them that the greatest way to work through issues is to pray together. This is difficult for mature Christians, and even greater for young people, especially while they are experiencing anger. On one occasion recently, we were overwhelmed with JOY when we saw the seeds that we had planted take root; I would like to share this with you.
Two of our young men had a strong disagreement that precipitated an altercation. Before the staff member who was present could get there, quickly, one of their peers jumped in to separate them. Eddie Burris, one of our boys of the “sixties who has been on staff since 1970, began to try and help these young men work through their issues. After several hours of counseling, they asked to be alone. Concerned that all was well, Eddie looked out the window and found them together with their heads bowed in prayer.
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