Summer 2007 Rapport: Hands of Christ
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|Jeff Dorn (M.Div. 1999) is the mentor support coordinator for the Shapes Mentoring Program (www.shapes.ag.org), based in Springfield, Mo. Jeff is in the Doctor of Ministry Program at AGTS.
In 2005, God gave me an opportunity to impact the life of a fourteen-year-old boy—an opportunity which greatly impacted me as well.
I saw a video at my church one Sunday morning describing a new AG ministry—the Shapes Mentoring Program. Funded by a faith-based grant, the program provides mentors to children of incarcerated parents.
I signed up as a mentor immediately. I was trained and within a few weeks was meeting with a boy whose stepfather was in prison and whose grandfather had died recently. The boy was in desperate need of friendship and support.
Children of incarcerated parents often are neglected. Classmates and even teachers expect little of them. The Shapes Mentoring Program shows them that someone out there believes in them and their ability to succeed.
Two years of fishing, talking and hanging out have had profound effects on me and the boy I mentor. His grades have risen, and he is making positive life decisions. He also has been successful at his first part-time job.
As I spent time in the program, I began to sense that volunteer work would not be the extent of my involvement. In January 2007, I was hired as mentor support coordinator. It is thrilling to be a part of this powerful
ministry by which God’s hand is obviously at work in the lives of children. His plans for them are unimaginable!
Thursday, August 9, 2007 5:03 PM