Randy Smith - A Mentoring Story
My name is Randy Smith and I started mentoring several years ago when Grace announced that they had a mentoring program at Paul Revere Middle School.
My name is Randy Smith and I started mentoring several years ago when Grace announced that they had a mentoring program at Paul Revere Middle School. The program appealed to me because I believe God has given me a desire to try to help young people who might be struggling. My hope is that I can impart something of value to them in this chaotic and often confusing world, including the hope of the Gospel.
After the program was put on hold because of the pandemic, Kristy Elmore restarted it recently and added Emerson Elementary School. I decided to volunteer at Emerson and was matched with a second grader named Giovanni. Giovanni is a kind, gentle, and happy child who has a challenging family life. Before I spend time with him, I often pray that God will use me to help him. God has been faithful to answer those prayers and Giovanni and I have developed a positive relationship which I cherish. He always hugs me when we meet, and we have enjoyed spending time talking about soccer (which he loves), reading, playing Uno, and working math problems. (I was surprised that he likes math!) Sometimes we also throw a Frisbee in the picnic area.
There have been several standout moments, but one in particular occurred when I brought him a customized jigsaw puzzle which showed a picture of a soccer shirt and ball with Giovanni's name on the shirt. He said that he would remember that forever. His response brought me much joy.
Through this experience, I have learned the importance of listening and I try to respond with words of encouragement and support.
My hope is that Grace's mentoring program will continue to grow and that the Lord will use it to expand His kingdom for His glory.
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