I Was So Worried

A precious memory from my years doing ministry with teens:

I was leading a Bible study in Oakwood 4 – a wing at the juvenile hall. There I met 17-year-old Mario who wanted to turn his life around and follow Jesus.  When we were finished he asked me privately if I had been to Oakwood 3.

He said, “There’s a kid there named Carlos, who just turned 14.  He lives next door to me and is like my kid brother.  We used to sit on the porch and have long talks.  He’s never been in trouble.  I’m worried about him over there with those tough guys in Oakwood 3.”

“Mario, you’ll be happy to know that a little while ago Carlos gave his life to Jesus.  There may be some tough guys in Oakwood 3, but there are also some fine Christians there.  When I left Carlos, there was an older Christian guy helping him look up Bible verses for his first Bible study lesson.”

Mario’s eyes filled with tears. “Thank you for telling me!  I was so worried.”

I said, “Mario, you are older and I want you to be a good influence on Carlos.  When you return home and sit on your porch again, things are going to be different.  I want you to read your Bible together.  I want you and Carlos to begin praying together.  Pray that your families will come to know Jesus. Will you do that?”

Through tears, all Mario could say was, “Yes. Oh yes.”

I left Mario a list of recommended churches with youth groups that he and Carlos could attend.

What about you?  Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer Bible study leader in your local jail or juvenile facility?  Would you pray about it?


This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/

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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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16 Responses to I Was So Worried

  1. Mark says:

    God is blessing these young people through you….it is such a blessing that you hear him and obey his call!

  2. renee says:

    God provides! We need Christian friends to grow together with. Thank you for this wonderful story of God’s comfort and provision. Like Mario, sometimes we can’t see what God is doing. We pray, even worry that God may not hear! He sent you as a messenger! Each time, God grows faith in our hearts toward him. He teaches us of His faithfulness! When I get fearful, the Lord reminds me to remember some of the things God has done or provided for me!! I’m tested now and I must wait on the Lord, remembering His faithfulness.

  3. Liana says:

    You have such a beautiful heart Kathleen … if only more who love the Lord would share as you are doing … oh! yes He leads us into the whole situation of darkness upon another’s heart; but you are faithful and follow through, not keeping the precious Light containing seed of the Word enclosed and hidden …

  4. Karen says:

    I think we can see ourselves in those 2 boys. We worry about so much that God already has taken care of. How much more we need to trust Jesus and give our anxieties to Him with prayer, petition and especially thanksgiving! Thanks Kathleen!

    • Kathleen says:

      That is absolutely true! So much worry is needless. In fact, worry is actually sin! Why? Because when we worry we are not trusting God. Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about. Thank you Karen!

  5. Kristy A. says:

    I am inspired. Thank you.

  6. Doug says:

    Receive. Rejoice. Reconnoiter. Reproduce.
    Kathleen, bless your efforts to bring light…Doug

  7. Goldie says:

    Dear Kathleen,
    Your report about these two friends who shared on the porch is very touching; it gives light to the newly converted and to the one who is simple in his discipleship by loving his brother. I liked the whole report and it encouraged me. Goldie

  8. fking1371 says:

    This is a testimony of the fact that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe–even in the prisons and juvenile facilities. No place if off limits to the saving power of God.

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