We all love a good story of transformation.
Working with inner-city teens at Dirty Vagabond Ministries, this is what we live for. As Jasmine’s youth minister, it has been such a gift to watch that transformation. From a broken, hurting, frightened girl to the courageous, holy woman of God she is becoming… it has been amazing to witness.
There is an element of unavoidable vulnerability to this ministry that constantly catches me off guard. Like most faithful Christians I spend a lot time and effort covering up the ugly, uncomfortable parts of my life. My sinfulness, my past, my wounds, and my poverty all lie safely hidden behind my churchy disposition and well- groomed exterior. That cover-up game is not an available option to inner-city kids. They do not have the money to physically cover their imperfections or distract them from the mess of their lives. And they have not been around church long enough to learn the tactful ways we avoid bearing our sinfulness to each other. They are forced to socially display their ugliness, their devastated stories, and their poverty in a very transparent, visible way.
This makes me uncomfortable. But it also teaches me a lot. Urban teens do not need extensive dialogue to show them they are in need of someone greater than themselves. They are desperate for a savior and they know it.
Watch Jasmine’s story:
3 Ways to Take This Offline:
- Ask yourself, in what ways do you hide your brokenness from others?
- In that honesty, pray about what parts of your life do you need transformation? Why do you need a savior?
- Open your heart to someone you trust about something you need prayer for. It never helps to hide behind fear or shame.
More about Bob Lesnefsky:
Bob is a Catholic speaker, hip-hop artist, youth minister, husband and father, and the founder of Dirty Vagabond Ministries. You can learn more about this inner-city youth ministry by visiting their website: http://www.dirtyvagabond.com/