Monique is a Caribbean teen I’ve been mentoring via Global Media Outreach. She began writing ten months ago, several times a week. She’s intelligent, writes well and asks profound questions, which led me to believe she was an older teen.
One day I asked what her plans were after graduation–fully expecting she was university-bound. She avoided my question for some time. One day she wrote, “I’m embarrassed to tell you my age. I’m 13.”
Incredible! She continued to grow in her faith, renouncing a cult she was involved in and began doing our online study in the Gospel of Mark. Then five months ago she wrote to say, “I’ve lost my faith in God. Why was God so harsh in the Old Testament? I just can’t believe it. I’m now an atheist.”
That was it. She ignored my explanations and stopped writing. I was concerned and prayed for her daily. Every three weeks or so I’d send a short, friendly note. No response. Then last month I was overjoyed to see her name in my inbox! A letter!
“I’m sorry for not writing. Once I started calling myself an atheist I began living as an atheist and my grades dropped. To be honest, I didn’t care about anything. It’s common in my country for kids to use bad words. So I was one of them. But I began having fears and every night I’d get scared and I’d always run back to Jesus. So that is what made me catch back my Christian beliefs.
“Being an atheist made me change a lot. This was my cycle for the past few months: I would act as if I didn’t know God during the day and at the night I’d pray asking God to protect me and to forgive me, even if I didn’t mean it. When I was younger I was a goodie girl. I’d feel badly if I disobeyed my parents or hurt someone. But as an atheist I became the opposite. I’m tired of living that life. I want to come back to Jesus.”
That was three weeks ago and I’m praising God for the sweet letters of faith she’s again writing. She’s now back to where she left off in the study of Mark. She’s happy and learning to thank God for what she went through. Her big concern now is that her family does not yet know the Lord. Her current purpose in life is to love them and be an example of Christ living before them.
Please join me in prayer for precious Monique. It’s not easy being 14 and the only follower of Jesus in the home and among friends.
- In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
- Check out GMO: http://www.globalmediaoutreach.com/ OR, www.Godlife.com
- SONG: GIVE ME A HEART – Lyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; Music by Kathleen