Katie* was and is a troubled young woman. All of her life’s “demons” have yet to be exorcised, but at the very least, the reality of how much her Youth Mentoring friend has meant to her over the last 10 years is finally sinking in. As we conversed about nothing and everything, the most poignant sentence she spoke to me was regarding Lois and her husband. Her exact words were, “If it wasn't for LIYM, I'd be dead.”
A portion of a letter written by a young man who is in jail. He is writing to his King’s Courier, letter writing mentor.
Dear John, Last weekend, Bette & I were privileged to attend Jonathon's graduation from St. Leo University in Florida. John, I can say without exaggeration, that my experience with Jonathon has been one of the most meaningful efforts with which I have been involved in my life! And the amazing thing is, showing love [...]
Roger & Chris are the most unlikely of pairs. Roger is all gray-haired, Jesus loving wisdom. Chris is all things youthful, including the usual confusion & insecurities. They have been matched for over four years, walking together through the ups & downs of Chris’ challenging life; homelessness, group home placement, suicide attempts, family implosions, changing schools,