I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet upon a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him.
Psalm 40: 1-3
Victory is Arriving Soon!
As most of you know, God has given our family a deep love for teens in need. This love has become a lifestyle and we have been pressing in to see our vision for a home for teen boys become a reality. As we have been waiting, so have the lives of teen boys in need of a family and home. So, once again we are stepping out and letting our faith go ahead of the "seen provision".
A number of months ago
God allowed our paths to cross with a wonderful lady who works for a teen boys residential home. When we began to talk with one another she felt like our connection was not coincidental. She invited us to come and visit the large residential home for boys. During our visit some of the workers began to share about one boy who had been at the home for nine years (there is normally a 2 year maximum for the boys to stay at the residential facility before being placed in a family). The boys name is Nick and the meaning of his name means "Victorious".
Nick was born to a drug addicted mother who lived on the streets of San Francisco and work in prostitution. Nick was exposed to things that no child should see or experience, including beatings and abandonment. Finally at the age of six his mom left him at a friends apartment and disappeared. She has never been seen since that day. This friend tried to keep
Nick and his sister for as long as she could but due to her own unstable situation she was not able to keep them. Upon being placed in foster care at the age of 7, Nick tried to take his own life. Can you imagine a seven year old wanting to end their own life? After a few failed attemps at foster families, Nick ended up in the residential boys center. He was diagnosed with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and severe depression.
A wonderful and faithful group of people have worked with Nick for many years now with the hope to see him one day be able to be a part of a family. They never felt that Nick would be ready for the transition into a family until his workers met us. They felt it was a perfect match and that Nick was ready.
We have been meeting with Nick at the residential center for the past couple of month and have fallen in love with him. Though he has no
understanding of God or of family, he truly wants to experience what having a family would be like. The other day I (Kathi) was at the center having dinner with him and he brought me a drink and said, "Here Mom." (as he handed it to me). I could have wept right then and there. Then yesterday as he was chatting with one of our daughter's, he asked if we really wanted him. Amy said, "Yes Nick, we made this decision as a family and we are all very excited to have you as a part of our family." Nick replied by saying, "I feel like I just won the lottery!"
"I waited patiently for the Lord and He heard my cry..." Though Nick has not known to cry out to the Lord, I find it amazing how the Lord has heard his cries for so many years and now is bringing him into a family. Nick will be 17 years old on May 11th and for his birthday he will have a home and family for the very first time. This Friday night he will spend
his first weekend visit with us (which is Jeff's birthday:).
It is our desire to give Nick a wonderful place (room) to rest his head each night. But, we need help! We want to purchase him a bed, bedding, a dresser and some nice thing to come home to as a birthday gift and home coming gift. We feel that the Lord wants this for him as well. We are asking if any of you are willing to get involved to help us to bless him as he comes "home".
We cannot give tax receipts for designated funds so if you would like to help then it will have to be done as an offering that is not deductable and sent directly to our family. Here is how you can do that:
Send a check or money order/cashiers check to: (if you are outside of the US then please send US money orders rather than checks as our credit union will not accept foreign checks)
132 Creek Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
We would like to do this in time for his birthday (May 11) and just prior to his permanent placement with us. Nick is an Oakland A's fan so we are also going to try to take him to an A's game around his birthday. We only live about an hour from the ballpark. Thank you for helping and for praying!
Please pray that the Holy Spirit prepares Nick's heart to receive our love and the love of God as he comes into our home.
Pray for wisdom and discernment for us as we walk with him during this huge transition time. Pray protection over this entire process and each person involved.
Pray for grace on our entire family as we plan a wedding and transition Nick at the same time.
Pray for the provision of a vehicle for Kathi so that she can drive Nick to all of his appointments, to his school and to visit his sister who lives a few hours away. We only have one vehicle and Jeff has to take it to work with him each day.
Pray for all the longings of God's heart toward Nick to be fulfilled.
Thank you so very much for journeying with our family. We will keep you updated.
Jeff and Kathi Pelton and family