Touched and blessed
With their songs and testimonies of overcoming personal challenges and abdictions and finding a new life in Jesus Christ, they touched and blessed the congregation.
A few days later, the congregation was once again touched and blessed, by a letter sent by the mother of one of the Teen Challenge students who visited Spirit of Life Bible Church on that day. She came from South Dakota and attended the Sunday service with her son.
With her permission, I want to share her letter to Spirit of Life Bible Church:
“I am the mother of Patrick who is a student at Teen Challenge in Minnesota. My husband and I live in South Dakota, and attended your worship service the weekend that you hosted the members of Teen Challenge. I wanted to express my deepest and most sincere thank you for welcoming those young men and for the prayers and petitions you put forth for them.
I can say without reservation that I, myself, have never felt more welcome upon entering a congregation. Your members exude a joy and love that permeates the very walls of your church. In particular, Cheryl, whom I sat by during the service, has that joy and love for our Lord, Jesus Christ, through her welcoming smile and gentle spirit. She lifted the parents of the Teen Challenge students in prayer and held my hand. I have never cried during a service before, but just could not hold back the tears because the struggles go beyond those in addiction to their families and friends. Many times it is easier to place blame and say to just give up the addiction or give up on the one you love and I was one of those who used to think and do the same until my son started using. But that message did not come through at Spirit of Life. Instead, it was a message of hope and love and prayer for those who are struggling – students and families alike. A young mother in front of me also turned around and hugged me, crying and praying for us all. Again, my tears did not stop and I believe they were tears of healing.
So, once again, thank you for that weekend for our sons and brothers. May God richly bless your ministry and members. Please give them my utomost thanks.”
I wish the best for these young men who touched me and blessed me with their presence and stories, and also for their families who stand by them, support them and love them, like this mother did.
Blessings also to the Minnesota Teen Challenge for helping the young people who need help.