A project of Head of the Lakes Youth for Christ
A weekly Bible study held with young people in lock down at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center in St. Louis County, MN.
HOL-YFC leads a weekly small group called Ransomed at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center (AJC). Housing up to 48 male and female juveniles, this is the main detention facility for northeastern Minnesota providing correctional services for Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis Counties. Each week is unique and we never know exactly where the questions will take us, but by trusting and following the leading of God's Spirit, these young people who come to AJC without hope, through Ransomed, leave with the seeds of truth planted firmly in their hearts.
From the Front Lines: Not long ago I entered the Arrowhead Juvenile Detention Center fully expecting to meet with a group of girls. But God had other plans. One young man, “J” (age 13) from the sex offender unit awaited me instead. I was nervous, to say the least, as this was not a group of students I had ever really considered or felt comfortable meeting with. God, however, was more concerned about this young man than about my comfort level – and, thankfully, He knows best. After walking through foundational Biblical truths, discussing sin and what it means to have a right relationship with God, I asked “J” if he had any questions. He looked at me and said he did but that he didn't know how to ask. I told him to take his time and try – that he could ask me anything...anything at all. He sat back and thought for a long time. Finally, he inquired, “How does someone fix the past with God?” Wow. I knew right then that God was dealing with him about something I could not even begin to imagine. I asked “J” if he knew who King David was and I shared how King David was one of the greatest kings of Israel – even a man after God's own heart. (Acts 13:22) Then, I shared how David fell...hard. I spoke with “J” about confessing sin and about repentance. We turned to Psalm 51 and took turns reading the verses that King David penned in his repentant heart cry to God for forgiveness. I prayed with “J”. And, when we were done, he stood and shook my hand saying, “Thank you so much for coming today.” Wow. I sure am glad that God had other plans – divine appointment type plans. To Him be the glory forever and ever, Amen.