An evolving part of the Red Box Project has been the opportunity for me to visit and run various programmes for young people in detention centres. One of the goals in this area of work is to provide the young people with the tools to change. Along with my team of volunteers I believe that God’s love can transform the lives of the young people we encounter in prison even though they are damaged and broken. An important, but sometimes challenging part of this work is to build relationships with the young people. The majority come from backgrounds where love and attention were absent; often they have never known someone to care and accept them. Through spending time with the young people, and showing genuine interest in their lives, they begin to open up, and trust forms. Several young people from the church youth work programme have become involved in the visits. The young Christians from the church have been challenged by meeting and sharing time with young people whose situation is very different to their own. I encourage them to give devotionals and share their testimonies and by doing this they have grown and gained confidence and this has had a major impact on the young people in the prison.
Prayer and action can never be seen as contradictory or mutually exclusive. Prayer without action grows into powerless pietism, and action without prayer degenerates into questionable manipulation. In service we meet people, and in them the suffering Christ.
Pray for Peter Harrison from Belfast who has recently arrived as a Red Box volunteer. Peter has settled in well and Its great to have him as part of the team. I have enclosed a photo of Peter.
I’m really looking forward to seeing you soon.