The Incarcerated Child’s Request
Who knew a child’s request to have a private conversation with me would be an answer to her prayer request. Saturday, was our normal day that we would go into the juvenile hall.
Last minute phone call
Prior to going into the juvenile hall, I received a phone call. I was asked to get the girls set up and ready to go. The program coordinator would arrive soon with an agenda. He asked that I share my testimony with the girls, until he arrived. I planned on being there for only one hour. That was not Gods plan! When I arrived and as I looked out into the fifteen or so girls eyes. I recognized only three of the girls from the week prior. I will re-share my testimony.
A New Inmate Wanted To Have A Private Conversation With Me
A girl who just arrived a week earlier, sought me out via an officer. In order for the girl and I to speak she needed to complete an application. This little girl said, she needed to speak to me right away. I asked her if she wanted to meet today, she said, yes, please. An officer asked the rest of the girls if they wanted to complete a mentor application, much to our surprise they all completed the application accept for two of them. It was lunch time for the girls and I too had to go grab lunch. I returned an hour later to met up with this little girl. As we got to know one another through our private conversation she said, I am sorry if I get emotional, but, I need to share with you what happened to me and why I requested to speak with you. I prayed before hand and asked God to show me a sign, then, you spoke about your book. God showed me you as I listened to your story. I want to ask you if you are okay with my grandma calling you, I said yes, please have her call me.
Parents Bad Choices
You see…this little girls parents are not allowed to be in her life all because, of their bad choices that they continued to make. This little girls grandma has always been in her life. This little girl told me her and her grandma stopped going to church. Mostly because, her grandma became sick. This adorable little girl got caught up with a boy. The boyfriend believes in God too. He is,being held responsible for obtaining money doing illegal things. He too shared with me in a different setting that it is all because of his home life. This young man is going to be a father to this little girls unborn child.
God shows up more after our private conversation. As I was requesting to meet with another person, this little girl went back to wait for an officer to pat her down prior to going back into general population. During this wait time, a volunteer came in that this little girl happened to know. This volunteer was the principle at her school.
The Follow Through From Our Private Conversation
This little girl followed up on her word to me. It was about three days later that I received a phone call from her grandma. The grandma and I spoke for sometime. The grandma said, she knows her grand-daughter will be released and she is going back to church with her grand-daughter. I explained to her when she gets out we can mentor her but, only with your approval. Lets just say she was ecstatic and said, yes, yes, yes that would be wonderful. I also advised her of listening to a podcast, sermons on-line, if she is unable to attend church. She said, I will but, we are finding a way to get back to church. The grandma said because she needs to be at the bible studies too. She said, I know my grand-daughter has learned her lesson.