“God causes all things to work together for good, for those who love him and are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28
Building a relationship with a student is the easy part. The majority of the kids in our program take to their mentors right away. But sometimes building a relationship with the parent or guardian takes months, sometimes years for the walls to come down.
For Amy those walls seemed impossible at times. She went a couple years faithfully building a relationship with TaQwayisha but felt pushed away by her mother. Amy continued to consistently spent time with her student and eventually those barriers came down.
TaQwayisha had to have scoliosis surgery a few years ago and as Amy visited the hospital, prayed and showed genuine concern for her student it paved the way for the walls to come down. Now 5 years into their relationship Amy has built the trust of her students parent, so much so that she is mentoring her younger sister as well.
Amy has been able to provide encouragement, spiritual guidance and even swim lessons to TaQwayisha. Amy has benefitted greatly from the relationship as well and she really enjoys hearing TaQwayisha sing and her appreciation for the arts. Both mentor and student truly enjoy each others company and exchange has taken place in a variety of situations.
In Amy’s own words,
“Having an opportunity for my children to be touched and impacted by this mentoring relationship is huge, too. It’s like the song that I used to sing my kids when they were little, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world”. To see that we all need the gift of encouragement, regardless of whether we are rich or poor, black or white, that is a powerful thing. We all have a void that needs to be filled, one that can only be filled by Jesus. God really loves all people and wants to draw them to himself and He uses His people to share & show the love of Christ”.
[Amy started mentoring TaQwayisha five years ago when TaQwayisha was in the 4th grade. TaQwayisha is now in the 9th grade at Fairfield High. Amy is married to Brett and is a stay at home mom of 5. She and her family attend Briarwood Presbyterian Church.]