God is working in my life. Sometimes I experience the effect of God on me directly. Sometimes I experience the effect of God working through me to help another person. This is how God has worked through me as a Kids Hope mentor.
Today I had lunch with a father and son. What was special about that was that I had been the son’s Kids Hope mentor about five years ago at Randolph Elementary. That had been a time when he was stressed about his parents’ divorce and was having difficulty at school. Dad said that I had helped the son get through a really difficult time. For the past five years the son has spoken of me and our special time together, and he still has a picture of us together on his dresser.
Dad had reached out to me on Facebook and arranged for us to have lunch today. It was like Randolph Elementary was just yesterday, except that my mentee is now taller than I am. I felt good as he talked about how he feels confident about how he will deal with the challenges of starting high school and the changes in his family, as Dad’s girlfriend moves in with her two children. He talked enthusiastically about his interests and hopes for the future. As we prepared to leave, Dad and I reflected on the importance of mentors in our own lives, as both of us still have a relationship with the mentor from our youth.
Thank you, God, for the opportunity to be a Kids Hope mentor.