I wanted to share with you a note I got from Emily Larkin from the Fold Family Ministries. As you know, 34% of the proceeds from Open Boston were donated them for the purpose of encouraging them in their ministry. Just today I was able to send them a check for $1049.51… you all did that. So you share in the story below!
It was a joy to share The Fold with the youth workers at Open Boston last weekend. Upon returning back to Vermont, I had the privilege of sitting down with Chris, a teen who is about to graduate our program. He shared some of his story:
When I was thirteen I got involved in a lot of sinful behaviors. I really hated myself. I was lonely and unhealthy and kept everyone at arm’s length. I knew what I was doing was wrong and I was hurting people. I hated when people brought up the subject of God because I thought God could never accept me. My pastor shared about The Fold with me and said that it was an awesome program and a place that I could change.
Living in the Boys’ Home for me has been a miracle. I would never have been able to get this kind of treatment, kindness and love that I get here at home. My first week in the Boys’ Home I shared my whole life with Kevin in discipleship. I wasn’t scared or nervous. It was like I knew I could trust him. I just felt this amazing peace.
The biggest joy of my time at The Fold has been learning that I am precious, unique and very loved by God. I love reading the New Testament and hearing God say, “This is who you are! You are a new creation! You are precious to me!”
One of the biggest challenges for me is where I put my identity. I break things a lot and I’ve hurt a lot of people. I used to think I was ‘destroyer.’ One time someone prayed over me that I was a “repairer of the breach.” As she was praying, I broke down in tears. I have learned that I am not a destroyer anymore, I am a repairer in Christ. Knowing this, I have a lot more joy. I’m not tense or angry any more. I still make mistakes, but I have learned that I can give that anger to God and let Him deal with it
Before I came to The Fold I was headed straight for disaster and destruction but this is the place where the 180 degree turn and run back to Jesus starts. The Fold will bring you through the toughest, hardest challenges you’ll probably ever face in the gentlest way.”
Now I have dreams about working in ministry, sharing Jesus with people that are really broken, like I was. I want people to know It’s never too late to run to the foot of the cross.
We praise God for the life transformation we get to witness every day at The Fold! I hope you didn’t miss that Chris’ whole journey of restoration began when his Pastor (in Ohio!) shared with him about The Fold. Knowing about The Fold as an option for hurting teens and families is huge!
In The Fold’s 45 year history, we have never turned away a family who needs our help because of their lack of financial resources. High quality and comprehensive residential care is costly and requires many trained professional staff members. The Fold receives no state or government funding and is dependent upon private support. Our budget is made up of 80% gifts from churches and individuals and 20% from parent tuition, based on a sliding scale. It is because of friends like you we are able to offer large scholarships to families in need!
Because of the generosity of supporters like you, Chris could receive a scholarship which enabled him to enroll in The Fold’s program, where is 180 degree ‘turn and run back to Jesus’ began.
Thank you for the vital role you play in partnering with The Fold on behalf of hurting teens and families! Your support makes a difference!
That’s so awesome. Thanks for being a part of Open, we hope to see you next year!