How Do You Spell Love?

Posted on by Bonnie Rodriguez

I've been going into the girls mod at the juvenile detention center for a year and a half now, and I can’t imagine spending my time any other way.  I’ve learned that for these girls, love is spelled C-O-N-S-I-S-T-E-N-C-Y, and so I show up week after week to be with them.

A couple of months ago, one of my girls told me she was having a hard time reading the Bible because of the translation she had. I gave her mine and she’s been reading it ever since. Her prayer requests have grown to encompass her dreams, and she’s been praying for the other girls in detention with her. When I see her faith growing to cover the lives of others, I’m blown away by God’s faithfulness. I’m humbled and honored that he would trust me to love these amazing kids.

The detention center is very transitional. I spend one day with some girls and months with others. But my motivation is always to show them love from the second I walk into the mod to the second the door closes behind me. Sometimes that’s conveyed by remembering their names, birthdays, and prayer requests. Sometimes my love is shown by playing hours of cards after reading a 5 minute devotional, and listening to what’s going on in their lives. In this setting, I’ve learned to celebrate the small wins and trust that Jesus will cover the gap.


Bethany Cook

Juvenile Justice Mentor

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