The theme of the South Dakota Synod Assembly is Imagine. I find the theme intriguing. I often spend time imagining what the ministry at the center could be in the future.

Today I spent time with a local man talking about the Kid’s time program and what we could do with it with partners. We discussed making a difference in the lives of the children of the town and how to reach them. And how positive support could help change their future.

I have a vision for the growth of the Kid’s program and the Job Corp. I want to use the Job Corp to change lives. In addition to helping people support their families I want to help the young adults that are at risk of slipping through the cracks. I hope to reach them and help them learn life skills that will allow them to take control of their lives.

I want to give them a safe place to live with supervision, learn how to care for a home. Help them get their GED if necessary. Help them get needed documents and ID’s. Teach them to cook real food. Help them learn responsibility. Give them respect. Give them Hope.

We have some wonderful young adults that we work with currently. One works with our kid’s time program and is loved by the younger kids. Last year we did a test program of the mentoring program, and we know it can work.

There will be bumps and bruises. Not everyone will succeed. But what would it mean if we can save one kid from a life of drugs and alcohol? What if we can change the direction of one family? Wouldn’t it be worth it?

What if we were able to give them HOPE?

Imagine what a difference we could make. All that is needed is financial support. Imagine. We start with the young kids building relationships and staying connected as they grow. Hopefully, we will reach most before they get lost. But some will turn 18 and get turned out. Imagine if we provide a safety net. Not just to catch them when they fall but to lift them back up and help them thrive.

God loves you and so do I.

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