My example and the time that I have been most impacted happened this week while I spent my entire week in Denver, Colorado going from place to place (mostly 3 -4 events a day) sharing my story and offering my resources to these people that I came in contact with.
Youth For Christ, which is an amazing organization, had brought me in for the week. I was there to talk to them about opportunities to use my story in the foreign countries like Africa specifically which has multiple crisis pregnancy centers in multiple countries in Africa.
Youth For Christ also has a ministry that ministers to and loves on kids in different Detention Centers and Jails in multiple states, countries and continents. I was fortunate to be able to go into a Dentention Center in Brighton, Colorado a couple days ago and share my story with 5 different boys who were ages 13-17. These boys were so eager to hear what I had to say, eyes wide open in attention, and smiling constantly. I didnt know what to expect going into this jail because I had never done anything like this before. I was amazed after sharing my story by the questions that these boys had for me. One of them being “How has the news of your abortion suvival and the loss of your twin brought you closer to Jesus?” Honestly, that is not a question I was expecting.
I quickly learned that these young men had become Christians this week in jail. They had found Hope in such a hopeless place. And they each expressed their desire to leave the jail a changed man, sharing their experience and the hope that they had found and planting seeds for the rest of their time on this earth. How neat is that?!
As if this wasnt encouraging enough, one of the boys (16 years old) told me of his experience of getting his girlfriend pregnant when He was 13. He admitted to having taken her to have an abortion. Now, at the age of 16, this boy has a 6 month old daughter with his current girlfriend and constantly thinks of the child He and his past girlfriend has aborted 3 years back. He expressed to me his grief of loosing his child and the forgiveness and grace He has found in reading his Bible morning and night in his cell. God gave me the words to say to him; telling him how I have forgiven my birth mother completely, expressing to him God’s forgiveness that covers all of our sins as far as the east is from the west (which is infinite) and how this boy is in no way less valuable than the rest of us. In fact, He will be able to use his story to impact others just as he had impacted me.
The coolest thing of all is that this young boy had just been transferred to this Detention Center earlier that day and was going to court to hopefully be released the next day. God’s perfect timing placed me in his path on the only day he would spend in this Detention Center.
I hope that this story encourages you as much as it has encouraged me. I left there more moved and humbled than ever before. None of this is because of ME or anything that I do; but ONLY because of our Creator’s grace and perfect timing.
Wow, I am speechless just writing this.