Fifteen-Year-Old Needs a Big Sister

She wore no makeup, yet this 19-year-old college student from the big city was a striking beauty.  Elaina was a tourist who stopped by our Bible table at the beach and liked what we were doing.

We talked at length and I could see she was a student of the Bible and mature in her faith. Her desire was to serve God with her life.  She said she was active on Facebook and Twitter and used both as venues to share the good news about Jesus.  This gave me an idea.

I told her about a 15-year-old girl I’ve been mentoring.  Grace lives on the East Coast and recently moved to a new high school where she is having difficulty making new friends.  She tells me she’s sad, she cries a lot and her parents don’t understand her.  She’s also active on Twitter.

“Grace loves the Lord, but she needs a ‘big sister’ to reach out to her.  Elaina, would you like to be a big sister to Grace?”

“Yes, I would!”

That evening I wrote Grace and told her about Elaina. They connected on Twitter and became fast friends! Last night Grace sent me a happy email: “I started a Bible study with Elaina!  We are studying Romans. This is really encouraging me to read the Bible more.”

I’m thankful to Elaina for reaching out to a little sister in the Lord—clear across the continent!   “Thank You, God, for orchestrating our meeting with precious Elaina.”

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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5 Responses to Fifteen-Year-Old Needs a Big Sister

  1. Frank K says:

    Kathleen, great idea. And God bless Elaina. As she was, we all must be willing to serve the body when and where opportunities present themselves. The harvest is plenteous but the laborers are few.

  2. Isabella S says:

    This is lovely!
    Everyone needs “a big sis”. Mentoring is a powerful tool in discipleship.
    Thank God for young women like Elaina

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you, Isabella! It’s a blessing to have a big sister who is a follower of Jesus. Likewise, it’s a blessing for those big sisters/big brothers who follow Jesus to be mentoring baby Christians. Christ calls us to make disciples.

  3. fking1371 says:

    Love it! God used you to connect two people who were good for each other. On the local church level, to say that we need more believers to be willing to mentor others is an understatement.

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