Mentors & Mentees

January is National Mentoring Month. I am grateful for your support of the GGCC Mentoring Ministry. It’s pretty cool. We have 31 mentor/mentee pairs, plus 3 college freshmen who have been adopted. Mentors pray for their mentee regularly, send a note or a text or an email once a month and we gather quarterly for supper and intentional conversations.

Just like in any of our relationships there are different levels of connection. One mentor/mentee pair get together regularly for outings and another baked cookies together last month. Yet a couple pairs have not actually met in person. But through the gift of prayer and notes, God is working in the lives of the young people and in the hearts of the adults.

This past Wednesday a gathering of 46 children of God ranging in age from 2 years – 60+ ate supper together. We laughed and we talked. Older mentee/mentor pairs worked through a reflection on 2 Corinthians 5:17: “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” Younger pairs designed their own superhero identity knowing that “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13 NLT And our youngest mentees played games, drew pictures, and read books with their mentors. Parents were supported by having time to talk with other parents on how they might be growing sticky faith at home. God showed up and showed off.

How are you or have you been mentored? This is a great month to send a note thanking your mentor. And consider how you might mentor others.

Research actually shows that young people need FIVE adults other than parents and close family members in their lives to be successful. Together we can live out our calling to be the family of God to kids at GGCC, Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, Paris Elementary, The Gathering Place, Confluence Ministry. Extreme Community Makeover, Love, Light and Melody and wherever we find ourselves serving in the world.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. as welcome Rev. Dr. Larron Jackson this MLK Weekend. Jesus came that we might be free to love.

Grace be with you,

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