Yesterday at 3:00 pm a number of us got together to begin setting up the end of the season Teen Parents’ picnic. Two young men from City Life, who are being discipled by Ray Villegas, stood with us as we gathered to pray. David asked God to open the hearts of the Teen Moms and Dads that they might have a good understanding of the Gospel. Several of us made pick ups of moms and kids throughout Schenectady. When we returned more than sixteen volunteers had prepared a picnic of salads, grilled chicken, hot dogs and lots of desserts.
After we ate, the volunteers watched the children while the moms and dads gathered outside in a circle. After a fun game led by Ruth that had everybody laughing, Ray stood up to deliver a message from Scriptures. He spoke from Mark 10, the story of a blind man healed by Jesus. He spoke of the need to be honest about our own issues, assume responsibility for ourselves and not listen to critical voices. He told of the blind man making a decisive decision to cry out to Jesus and challenged the young people to do the same. He spoke of Jesus’ healing power and the Savior’s desire to change lives today. When Ray offered the invitation to become a follower of Jesus and surrender their lives to Him, six young women prayed and surrendered themselves to the Lord. Please pray that as we follow up that these girls will grow strong in the things of God.