Adopted Into His Family

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By Samantha Arnold

This year for YFC’s annual summer high school missions/service trip we took four Gracehaven girls: two from the residential house and two from our community work.

"Aurora" has been coming to YFC’s City Life Club for a while. She is shy and reserved. She likes being around people and longs for friendships but she is intimidated to speak up in small groups. City Life is the first place she has ever heard about "this Jesus guy" so she has been hesitant to make a decision to be in a relationship with Him. At camp she asked a couple of leaders to talk after the teaching. We explained the gospel to her again and asked her to pray and ask God to reveal Himself to her in a way that makes sense to her. She told us she would and went off to bed. The next morning she came out of the cabin and was smiling and talking with everyone! She told us that she prayed and asked Jesus to forgive her sins and to be in a relationship with Him. And the rest of the week, in spite of her many remaining life challenges, she was a different person – so cool to watch God work in this way.

"Christine" lives at our Gracehaven house. She is young, very outgoing and loves to be the center of attention. Christine's family has rejected her -- she has no one to go "home" to, no one who will take her in. Being able to come to camp was very encouraging for her. Christine heard about Aurora praying to come into a relationship with Jesus. So I took that as an opportunity to see where SHE stood with Jesus. She told me she prayed a prayer but she doesn't remember what it was.  I shared with her that Jesus wants so badly for her to be with us in His family.  I read with her Ephesians 1:4-6, “For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” We talked about how even though her family has rejected her that God wants her to be a part of His family, and once she is a part of His family that means she is in His family forever. She asked to pray with me right there on the steps of the house we were painting!

We’re so thankful for the opportunity camp afforded to speak with these girls and help them begin their new journeys with the Lord.

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