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Last evening I shared this on my facebook page.
Son, I won’t say the name of this young lad of 12 years. Why do you want to die? Because . . . I’m no good, I’m ugly, other kids laugh at me and pick on me and my cousin who protected me is no longer here. Do you know Mr. Hernandez I’m adopted by my grandma. My dad comes in my life and leaves my mom says I remind her of my dad and can’t stand me as tears began to fall from his face. I want to be with … I miss him so much. My grandma is old and she barely can feed us it would just be easy to die and not to be my grandma’s problem and my parents don’t care about me any way.
Friends, I could not stand it any longer I began to weep. I began to share with him, listen I know how you feel. You do? How can you? I asked him if I could tell him my story he said yes. He began to listen when I begin to share that I was adopted from birth and I too looked like my dad and was a bad reminder to my family. Many times I was a loner; actually I was alone why would anyone care about me. My dad was in and out of my life after I met him at 12 my mom was never there only when she was drinking she would come around with different boyfriends all the time. My dogs were my best friends when my dad was mad at me he would give me a beating my dogs would cry, he would make me keep them in this shed. My dogs could tell I was hurt and try to get out, my dad would take a big stick and go in this shed and beat them.
I could see he had become very quiet and asked me if I was making this up, I told him no, I wasn't. He began to cry and feel bad for me. I couldn't believe it. He asked me what happened how my life turned around. I told him that I had to leave home, I’m from a very small town in Western Montana. I then begin to share how Jesus came into my life and changed my heart. I didn't trust anyone in the beginning but God brought a very special family into my life then the rest is history.
I told him that I would tell him more as we shared a lot more but it would take a lot to share here.
I asked what I could do for him what would he like for Christmas? I would love to have a PS3 and some games. I told him I would do my best to get him one and a game or two he told me you would I told him yes I would. He couldn't believe it.
Friends, this young men needs your prayers may God heal his heart.
There was a lot more that happened today but one was when a former volunteer brought her mother in law to see me, Pastor I saw your photos and story in the Daily Breeze, before I leave back to Texas, I want you to sign it, I’m going to frame it. I said serious? She told me yes, you don’t realize how many lives you touch do you? Sure I do, she said no you don’t. That made me feel special she would do this.
My friends Tim McDannold and his wife Lori brought by two turkeys and tomorrow another friend Tony Goorchenko and his wife Vicki bought a Turkey for us too. I’m not sure how many we will have but thanks to Patrick McGinty and his wife Lisa, Albertson’s and North Key Club and a few others who sent in a few dollars we will do our best to make a few people happy. God bless you all.
Here is a photo of my friend Donna, she is married to Bert a former graduate 1988 of New Challenge Ministries. Friday she dropped by groceries for two families and gift certificates for us to hand out which we have been doing . Thank you Donna and Bert for making a difference in many families. Right now, Bert is the only student who has been giving back to NCM. Donna told me it’s because he will never forget John all that you did for him and after he graduated you allowed him to move in with your family so he could get started on his feet. I forgotten about that.
We have three families right now that continue to give as NCM has helped their sons. You know if all the men and women we helped over 30 years would only give we wouldn’t have to ask for help. But as you can see they don’t they’ve forgot about us. But we do our best not to allow it to get us down we go on to the next individual or family in Jesus name.
I almost forgot yesterday, was a very difficult and challenging day. We didn’t get the Honda Passport as the individual didn’t have the pink slip, he sounded upset as my mechanic was there to pick it up. He shared that he donated before to other organizations and he didn’t have a pink slip and they had all the paper work with him. I apologized to him but told him we were not set up like other big organizations but we needed the pink slip.
Then I received a phone call from a member of the St. Philomena Catholic Church he introduced himself as Mr. Santos and was on this committee that wants to be involved with our Organization to hand out Christmas presents. I couldn’t understand him a lot as his accent was difficult but he told me that he would come and see me and they were looking forward in being involved. I hope this does work out for the kid’s sakes.
And finally our family was approved for our home. We will be moving next week as the bank is closed on Thursday and Friday so we most likely will get the keys on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. Tonight or tomorrow we sign our life away…Thank you all for your prayers for us.
God bless you all.
John Ross Hernandez
New Challenge Ministries
Winner of the 2012 Daily Breeze
People of Distinction “Unsung Hero”
North High Key Club Advisor
Kiwanis Club Division 19 Editor