How do you say goodbye to a 10 year old boy, especially when you do not know that he will be involved in an accident that claims his life. On Tuesday afternoon 1-20-15, Christian was walking with his big sister, to a church near his home when he was hit by a car and later died at the hospital. Christian and 3 of his brothers and 2 of his sisters have been faithfully attending SAYM mentoring programs for about a year. Christian, like his brothers was 100% boy, full of energy,very little fear, and “always” hungry. Christian is pictured above; in the group photo of our annual buffalo ranch trip, he is front row, second from right next to his younger brother Jimmy and his good buddy Dollen. Christian’s brother Jaden is next to Dollen.
The mission of SAYM is to break generational poverty. We believe that the children and students entrusted to our ministry by God can learn perspective and skills to break free of the poverty mindset and become productive citizens without making a decision to follow Jesus. However, we are a faith based ministry, and we believe the dignity and value one possesses once they become a child of God, results in an exponential increase in the success quotient for breaking the chains of generational poverty.
Jesus said “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 19:14 ESV). Christian heard the gospel explained many times at SAYM and at church. Christian eventually understood the gospel, and decided he needed a Savior and the Jesus Christ was that Savior. And yes, the angels rejoiced in heaven when Christian made that decision… Luke 15:10 Jesus tells His disciples, “Just so, I tell you, that there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
So while we will miss Christian, and while we grieve along with his family, we are grateful for his decision to accept the free gift of salvation that he understood as the good news of Jesus Christ.
Please allow this blog as a reminder to hug those whom you love, tell people how much you care for them, share the gospel, the good news about Jesus Christ, be intentional about what is truly important to yourself….for we do not know if others we love will have tomorrow here on earth, or if we will be granted another day here on earth ourselves.