Hello Friends! Happy New Year!
I wanted to really quickly share with you the update from the Cafe over the last year. Tony and Catherine have had the opportunity to be a part of the kids lives and it's so cool to hear what the kids have had to say.
I encourage you to click the link to the article above, but here are a few highlights:
Since we started the YDM program one year ago, 24 young people have completed the program. Eight have been hired at the Cafe, and according to our knowledge all the others have been offered jobs and are working. These are young people who had no possibility for employment previously.
We see so many young people discouraged by personal failures and tangled up in unhealthy relationships. They walk through our doors, head hanging low and hearts heavy. We witness the last ditch effort to grasp for the magic straw. You can see the desperation on each face as they scrape the bottom of their courage barrel and sit for the interview. Then, after they are accepted into the program, change is activated slowly as we present scripture, verse by verse, precept by precept, truth that dispels the lies that they have swallowed and digested for far too long. . . Not only are these young people productive now, but they are contributing to the needs of their extended family, helping to feed, clothe, and provide finances for schooling. Heads are held high now, smiles have replaced the long faces, and hope has replaced despair.
I can't believe we will be there for the next program! God is so good. We have 25 days until we get on our airplane and get to meet these students face to face!
Please let us know if you would like to be on our prayer team while we are there.
Until next time, :)
James + Malia