Dear True North Ministry Supporters!
A lot of times ministering to imprisoned youth is a serious work. With so much darkness and brokenness in the facilities doing the work of the gospel in this mission field is spiritually demanding. However, one thing that we have learned about the youth is that no matter how hard their exterior might be, deep down their children at heart.
This is a photo from the group of young men from Indian River JCF who come out to the True North Ministry Compass Center on Wednesdays. Between working in the shop and having lunch they took sometime to have fun in the snow. It was awesome to see their creativity and teamwork skills in action. For a lot of young men in the facilities, building a snow man is either a distant childhood memory or something they have never done.
As you can see this snow man is a hard working, blue collar, kind of snow man.
For those of you who don’t know True North Ministry has a special program where youth who meet a certain behavior standard can earn the privilage of coming out to our property to do community service. The youth come out to work on the farm-like property, have a sit down family-style meal together with our staff and volunteers, and then have a Bible Study. For the new guys who come out we typically ask them what they like best. Almost every single young man tells us something like this; “it’s peaceful, I can clear my head out here.” The second thing, of course, is the food. They may be children at heart, but they have teenage guy stomachs! These guys can eat too!!
Continue to pray for the young men who visit the True North Ministry property. When the hours of peaceful farm work pass by, they make the trip back to the facilities to endure another week of their sentence. Many young men are already Christians trying to grow in faith amid the opposition of their surroundings. Pray for our brothers and sisters in the Lord who are currently locked up. Also pray for the young men who don’t know the Lord, that they would come to know the liberation and freedom of Jesus Christ!