By Trace Embry
With Parent Conference coming up this weekend at Shepherds Hill Academy (SHA), my passion to help restore troubled teens and their families is on the forefront of my mind. I am looking forward to seeing the students spend time with their parents, and seeing God’s healing hand on their relationships.
Investing in Our Future
The future of our nation greatly depends on the future of our kids, our families and the church. But considering the current condition of America’s youth, the church and the American family, is there hope for America’s future? Could the answer be to give a troubled teen a second chance for a better future for herself to help create a better vision for America? After all, our young people are the future of our nation and now is the time to invest in their future.
Sadly, we have a situation that effects virtually every kid growing up in America today, that is by definition: Every teen is in one way or another “troubled.” It is really just a matter of what degree. Even every adult in today’s culture is troubled to some extent in one way or another. However, I am optimistic for the future of our nation because of students like the ones at Shepherds Hill Academy. The students at SHA agree that every teen is troubled, and one of them wanted to share her story with other youth, the church and the American family to help improve the condition of our nation.
We interviewed this student recently on License to Parent. I am very proud of her, and we had so much to ask her that we had her back for a second part of the interview. The program is titled “Residential Program Student Gives Heartwarming Testimony.” There is a Part 1 and a Part 2. Be sure to listen to both programs to get her whole story. For now, I’ll give you a brief synopsis below.
Our student shares what her life was like in public school and the relationship she had with her parents before coming to a residential program. She explains the feelings of entitlement and disrespect; as well as, not really knowing what was right from wrong.
She explains what she has learned at SHA about the million and one things God has given us to enjoy life with besides technology. She describes how All of her relationships have more depth and meaning now without using the telephone, internet or social media. The most important thing she told us she learned at Shepherds Hill Academy: ”I learned to trust God regardless of my circumstances. Its not the end of the road, but a new beginning for me.”
With that said; I’m pleased to say a new beginning for a troubled teen can mean a new beginning for America too – hence my optimism about our country’s future.
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