I feel I grew so much in such a short time. I learned to rely on the Lord, knowing that I could not heal or really help these girls in the ways they truly need. This was certainly frustrating at times, but also humbling. I learned to keep coming back to my knees in order to fight for these girls and continually ask for patience and guidance in my interactions and conversations with them. I have confidence that even though they experienced bad circumstances and backgrounds, the Lord is faithful and loving.
I believe that—even when it seems radical, even when my girls can't believe it for themselves. I believe it because I know it in my heart to be true. I am confident God has a plan for each and every one of these beautiful children.
I was blessed with the opportunity to share my testimony with some of the girls on campus.
On one occasion, I presented my testimony to an entire cottage during the week we went to Glorieta, which was pretty awesome. I do not know how receptive they all were, but regardless, I am praying the Lord uses it to speak truth to these young ladies.
This summer I constantly was reminded of God's grace and patience with us. He is patient with these kids when it seems impossible—and trust me, that is not a small thing. He is patient with us, even though time and time again we belittle and ignore him. He is patient when we choose creation and fleshly desires over him. I may not understand it, but I am truly grateful for it.
Claire Pettibon, a student at the University of Texas, served with Go Now Missions at Texas Baptist Children’s Home, part of Children at Heart Ministries.