Craig Peterhansen answered the call to mentor four years ago in the early pilot days of implementing our mentor program in the Oldham County School District. Take a look at how one step of faith impacted his life.
“Like any opportunity to serve, I fully believe you get back far more than you can pour into it. The mentoring program has been a great example of this. Since having a little faith to step up and be a part of this effort, I have clearly been blessed. Serving these young men by participating in this important program has strengthened my ability to listen, has shaped my understanding of how to share a message of hope, and has taught me how to trust the Lord’s plans for my life and for the kids. These lessons have been beneficial across my life.
I also have learned that when kids begin to trust you and openly communicate with you, and when they understand you care for them without judging them, then real changes can occur. They can begin to believe that they have an opportunity for a future, that by making better decisions will lead to a better result for them, and that their situation or their past does not have to define their future! I have learned many boys face some tremendous challenges and who better to walk beside them than men of faith. Who better to show integrity, empathy and love? So, my question to the men out there would be–why not you and why not now?
I believe that the time we spend planting and water these seeds with the kids, will reap a harvest one day. I understand I may not always see it, but I have faith that God will use our efforts at His perfect time to make a difference in a life, just as he has done with mine.”
If God is tugging at your heart to pour into the lives of at-risk youth, contact us at Denise@TheHopeCollaborative.org to learn how you can get involved.