Big Brothers Big Sisters
I had always admired those who were considered a “mentor.” One Sunday at Hope I was approached and asked if I was interested in being a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. By God’s grace, He has put me in positions to be that for others. With little hesitation, I signed up. After an interview process and a short training, I was quickly paired with my Little, Jose.
The smile on Jose’s face when we first met confirmed for me, and it only took a matter of minutes, that this was something worthwhile. The excitement of us getting to hangout together on a regular basis was tangible. I instantly had a new friend.
Since the beginning of our match, Jose and I have had a lot of fun together. I don’t always have all the right answers or wisdom to provide for Jose, and I don’t have to. But I do have time and my presence that I can give him. I can encourage him in his pursuits, I can help him with his homework from time to time, I can be supportive when things get tough, and I can be there for him to have a little fun. It is a big deal for a Little to have supportive adults present in their life, alongside their parents. Jose is not the only one benefiting from this relationship. I am learning more about how to communicate well, be supportive, patience, etc. For all of this, I am grateful to God for this relationship.
“He who walks with wise men will be wise” (Proverbs 13:20a). Mentoring is wise. Walk with youth, walk with anyone who seeks to grow that you too may grow.
Bless the city a Little at a time. Become a Big by checking out Big Brothers Big Sisters on The City or online at www.bigstwincities.org. If you are interested about learning more or have any questions about Hope’s partner ministry, Big Brothers Big Sisters, you can find me on The City. I am happy to talk about anything BBBS, mentoring, or how we can better bless the city.