We just finished producing a video clip of testimonials from some of our current residents at the Mansion. After viewing the finished product for the first time, my mind immediately went to a favorite passage: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
One of our boys talked about the dangerous neighborhood that he grew up in and said that he felt “safe” at TCM. He was headed toward being a gang member with no hope of a bright future.
Cristina, who is now in our STEP program (transition to independent living), spoke about the “opportunities” that she has been given since coming to us following her mother’s death several years ago. She is enrolled in college, working a job, and has been able to save money toward a car that sponsors also helped to provide for her.
The testimony that really touched my heart was from a young teenage girl who was standing alongside her younger siblings. She said that being at the Mansion allowed her to be a “kid.” She didn’t have to worry anymore. She could sleep peacefully at night and know that she and her brothers would not be harmed. She no longer was afraid that her mother would awaken her, in the night in a drug-induced stupor, and beat her for some delusional accusation until she didn’t have the strength to continue.
As you can see, their “more abundantly” is as diverse as each child in our care.
To some it may mean a warm bed and a full bowl of food. To others it may mean safety and security, an educational opportunity, and a family that loves and supports them.
By giving to this beloved ministry, you are enabling us to make sure that each of our children can experience the life that God intended for them to have, and that—”more abundantly!”
Will you pray about sponsoring a child or responding with a financial gift in order that we can continue to help children like these mentioned above.
Please check out our website at www.mansionkids.org, where you can sponsor a child or make a donation to Tupelo Children’s Mansion. You can also subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter, The Mansion Minute, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter: @mansionkids @stephenjudd @ermajudd