There have been several significant events in the last few weeks that humbled me personally and challenge us at the ministry center. One of our core values is to affect change in public systems, to seek to improve community conditions by helping guests know how Christ will enable them to make needed life changes and decisions that will glorify Him.
During a recent meeting of M&M’s (Moms and Mentors), we had a productive discussion about “triangulation” in relationships. Triangulation is when one person basically pits two others against each other using ploys such as jealousy and envy. Often, these “games” are just that – meant for joking or pestering, not taking into account that such words and actions can be so harmful. Once a person is affronted, emotions flare, anger ignites and escalates, and often violence results.
Such has been the circumstance of so much of our city’s violence. This week, the city of Montgomery had its 17th homicide of 2013. One of the guests who visited the center this week was “Francine”. When we began discussing prayer, Francine’s most pressing concern was not her own need, but that young adults in the Montgomery community would cease using violence as a means of revenge or conflict resolution. Something beautiful happened. Francine led out in prayer, and she and I both prayed for our community, for the youth, and for us to be able to mentor and disciple others.
On April 1, Jeff King, a retired MPD officer and active member of Heritage, begins a group for men meeting at the center. “The Man I Want to Be” will guide men to learn God’s plan for manhood and for their lives in particular. Will you commit to pray for Jeff, for those helping him, and for the men who have committed to join him in this study? This may be the first step in a revolution to change the mindset of those mired in a hopeless spiral of unhealthy life patterns.