Wednesday, July 14, 2010

One more.

This is the text exchange with one of the girls in the community I'm closest with.  We had it yesterday.

"Mrs. Hill, what's that building next to Mercy Street?"

"Well, there's two storage barns and then the new Charter School is being built on the corner."

"No, the other one.  We had a lady come to school one day and tell us they could do sonograms and stuff."


"Oh, you mean Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center?"


"Baby, they're amazing.  Do you want to go talk to them?  I'm happy to take you anytime."

"My little sister is pregnant.  She wants to have a sonogram to find out how far along she is."

The little sister is 14.  She'll be a Sophomore in high school.  She's smart as a whip but has been making decision after decision that was leading her to this point with certainty for a while.

"Ok, let me call and make an appt.  What did your mom and dad say?"

"They're real upset."


"I'm gonna be an AUNT!!!"

Yes.  Yes, you are.

I don't know why this still surprises me - babies having babies and other babies being excited about being aunts and uncles before they know how to drive.  But, I do remember being 14 and thinking there were no consequences for the things I was doing, the direction I was heading.  Then, in college, as a Christian, I remember reading this verse written on the back of a local Christian Fraternity's date-party sweatshirt.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

It was the first time I'd ever heard the verse but I've never forgotten it.  It's a beautiful promise of the One who spins the world for His purposes and glory.  Now, 24 years later, I see the grace the Lord lavished upon me long before I knew Him.  I'm praying that same grace upon the kids in our community again today.

And that they would stop having sex.


Susan said...

Anonymous said...

That makes me sad. I'm super thankful God placed your family in her life. How wonderful that she feels safe enough to text you with such matters. Praying for His redeeming love to make an impact. Stay faithful!

Jessica Bargenquest said...

I don't know why that just made me anonymous. Sorry about that. Not trying to be mysterious. :)


These Three Kings said...

AMEN! I am looking forward to the day God restores all that the locus have eaten in the life of these girls..they have believed so many lies.
Is that place a part of SAV A LIFE ministries? Have you heard of them? I will be praying for this young girl. Save her Lord!

Jess said...

Yep...just wow. Love that verse, one of my favs. :)

Anonymous said...

Good grief! Instead of praying these kids won't have sex, do something about it. Teach them about birth control!

All Sufficient Grace said...

Wow. So sad. I pray with you that they begin to learn to treasure their body and give it to the Lord not to others. What an amazing ministry.

Henley on the Horn said...

I'll pray too.

emily said...

simply heartbreaking

Becca said...

Praying for her and for you guys in knowing how best to continue in encouraging and teaching these girls their true value so they dont feel the need to get it from guys or from babies!

Kim said...

Praying for you, for her, for them.
Love & Blessings,

colecrew said...

yes, heartbreaking.

Karin Katherine said...

Dang it is right. Man you just wonder if its so acceptable that they don't see the sacrifice in it. A moment of mad and then on with the celebration of being an AUNT and a MOMMY and if you'll have a girl or a boy.

Kids cannot raise kids.
This is so sad.

allthingsjuice said...

I run into this with my foster kids too. Girls with no parental involvement seeking love in wrong places. :( Thank goodness God is bigger than our mis-steps.

Carry said...

Well, A moment of mad and then on with the celebration of being an AUNT and a MOMMY and if you'll have a girl or a boy. kids always remain kids.