I first got connected with my mentee several years ago. At the time, she was a teenager and was experiencing many of the things that can make someone vulnerable for exploitation, abuse, and human trafficking. During this, we would meet regularly with each other for all kinds of fun, whether we went on a new adventure of simply shared a meal and caught up.
My mentee always makes others feel good about themselves, despite the hard things she might be going through. We have stayed in touch regularly throughout the years. We always make time to see each other through both good times and bad–and LOTS of life changes!
Recently, I hadn’t heard from her in a few days and wondered if everything was okay. I happened to be looking through a local jail roster and saw her on the list. My heart immediately went out to her, knowing that she was probably feeling scared and lost. After praying for her, I felt as though I should set up a time to go visit her.
When I arrived for the visit, she ran to me and gave me the biggest hug. She told me that she had been so scared since her arrest and she was praying to God that I would find her in jail. Me scrolling through the roster was no accident! We had an amazing conversation about the Lord and how she knew that when I prayed, things would happen. I told her I would continue to pray for her during her time in jail. I encouraged her to keep reaching out to God, too, because He hears her!
A few days later, we had another visit set up to discuss court and developments in her case. As we were catching up, she shared with me that an employee at the jail brought her some books to read, including a Bible. I asked what she had been reading, and she shared with me that she had been going through the Psalms.
She told me that as she was reading the Bible the night before, she felt the Lord speaking to her through the Psalms: she needed to ask God for forgiveness and turn to Him! She told me that she prayed to God that night and asked for His forgiveness. Ever since, she has felt so much hope and peace! Her demeanor had visibly changed in the few days since I last saw her. She said she wanted everyone else to meet God like she did.
In sharing this, she told me that when RAHAB first came into her life she didn’t understand why.
Getting to witness this after years of knowing her is the biggest miracle and the answer to a thousand prayers. We don’t always get to see the fruit of seeds God has planted, but I am so glad that He allowed me to this time. This is why we will never give up on those that we serve – that they may come to deeply and intimately know Jesus as their Savior!
To become a mentor for RAHAB, fill out the volunteer application. We are always looking for people who are willing to be positive influences in the lives of those we serve.