It’s testimony time! I’ve decided to have 14-year old “Steven” share his story of trauma and amazing transformation with you…
“Hi! My name is “Steven”. My story is about how God is helping my family through many Christian organizations and good people who have surrounded us.
“When I was 4 years old, my Dad died of leukemia. Then, when I was 8 years old, my mom married another man. He ended up being very angry, violent, and disrespectful toward us. He would hurt my mom and us kids when she didn’t do what he told her to do. I never think of him as a dad because he was so horrible to us.
“A few years later, God and the police helped our family escape from this awful man. We then moved to Mission. I had become a bully and I was bullied at school. My mom and I prayed lots and lots.
“Since I was 11 years old, we’ve been involved with Cedar Valley Mennonite Church, Valley Christian School, and Youth Unlimited. One man has become like an uncle to me. I call him Uncle Harry. That’s so important for me since I’ve not really had a dad for most of my life. My mom prays with my siblings and I and reminds us that with God’s help, I can love everyone and treat my family respectfully.
“We’ve known Dave, Sharon and Youth Unlimited for a couple of years. I go to Valley Christian School with their kids. The school really supports my family. Last summer, my mom and I went on an Adventure Retreat at the Wiebes’ home. We went kayaking, had a campfire, watched a movie, and did some team games with blindfolds in the forest. My mom took me on this retreat because we rarely get to be alone together to talk and have a good time.
“I was The Grinch in Jester’s Theatre this fall. Each week includes small group devotions where we learn how to have a good character for acting and for real life. They also teach us about God’s character. I’m not bullied there and I don’t feel the need to be a bully. My mom says that being in Jesters Theatre gives me confidence. Being on stage in my costume gives me a safe place to let my humor and full potential out. I am also surrounded by good role models.
Be blessed. We are grateful for your partnership in reaching out together to “Steven’ and many other young people!
In partnership with you,
Dave and Sharon Wiebe
(Riley, Rahul, and Macey)
Posted on November 28, 2013