“They left me in the system”

Posted on by Bonnie Rodriguez

Last week, our staff member Kristen sat with Julie (name changed) at His House Children’s Home, a “private, faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to restoring joy to the lives of children from newborn to 18 years of age. Since it was established in 1989, His House has been offering safe, caring homes to abused, abandoned and neglected children in South Florida.” (His House website) Miami YFC partners with His House by hosting a high-energy Club each week. The Club time begins and ends in small group and one-on-one appointments.

So, back to Kristen and Julie, sitting across from each other, chatting. When Kristen asked a question about faith, Julie said she wasn’t comfortable talking about God. When asked if there was any reason, the 17 year-old made the matter clear: “The ones who taught me about God are the ones who left me in the system.”

Abandoned by people who claimed to know God. Left in the court and foster care system by the people who taught her that God loved her.

This is the mission of Miami YFC: to find as many Julie’s as we can and lovingly, patiently listen to their stories. Someday, with enough time and care, we believe Kristen or another YFC volunteer will have the chance to tell Julie that though she may have been left by one family, there is a holy family for her. A place where she is loved and never forgotten. A God who stayed in the system with her, whether she realized it or not. A God who desires to give new life to her story.

Every kid. One Julie at a time.

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