You Are The Village

Posted on by Vince Sarfraz SD

When I graduated from high school and even college my family came to the ceremony. I'm not talking about just my parents, but my entire family--aunts, uncles, grandparents and even crazy cousins. It was a party. And as crazy as my family was, that’s how we rolled; we were always there for one another. Now that I'm a mother and my parents live here I see the truth behind "It takes a village" to raise a child. My family is an abundant blessing. 

I recently attended a high school graduation for a young girl I've had the privilege to meet with through my work with Youth for Christ. She even came to camp with us this summer. When I walked into the gym, I was immediately impressed with the spread. The dessert table was exquisite. The bleachers were piling in with kids and community members. 

When the ceremony started, In came the faculty members in their robes, followed by 2 graduates. Yes, I said TWO! I was expecting more, of course! 

I looked at this gym full of people and was amazed by the preparations made for these 2 ladies.

This was a celebration of obstacles overcome. As a homeless teen, my friend’s main concern had not been school. She’d spent too many nights on the streets and in shelters. She wasn’t worried about homework but where’d she find her next meal.

I paused and looked around as the crowd was hooting and hollering, sad by the fact that her family was not there for her to see her accomplishments. But at the same time, I felt Jesus' presence. I heard His calling. I believe His desire for the Church is to be the village - to be the village to the homeless, the sick and the poor. If I want to see Jesus, this is where He is. This is where we are. Together, hooting and hollering every time Jesus is made known and brings new life.

To our prayer warriors and financial supports, you are the village.

Our heart is to reach more young people like my friend who just graduated high school. Will you help us grow our ministry into next year with a special Christmas gift towards our year end campaign? Every gift makes a difference!

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Thank you!

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