At our mentor training and orientation we encourage prospective mentors to “decide now to be the pursuer in your mentoring friendship”. This was important because it can help avoid frustration later as well as cement the mindset that if God has called them to this. He will help them to continue in it even if things get di!cult.
Richie* had already done his share of pursuing over the “first 3 years of his LIYM match to 8-year-old Tarik*. In fact, Tarik’s family had moved 19 times since they had been matched! But Richie, ever the pursuer, would always find him.
After the 19th move, it took Richie over 3 weeks to locate the family with the help of his LIYM area director. As usual, they had no phone so Richie would just show up and hope Tarik was home. The “first afternoon Richie pulled up to the tiny, ramshackle white cottage, at a shelter out east that has since been shut down, unsure if he was even at the correct one, the door burst open and Tarik ran to the car yelling, “I knew you would find me! I KNEW you would !nd me!” A similar scene would be repeated at least 21 more times as Tarik’s family moved over 40 times in the many years that he and Richie were matched. Both agree that they will be friends for life.
Article by: Larry Raab