and Serving in Godís City
by Mark Petritsch
to be the furthest thing from my mind. Before coming, I couldnít even imagine
living and serving here for a year of my life. I couldnít fathom living
with religious brothers and working with inner-city kids. And yet I have
been serving here since September 2012 and finished with the Detroit
Summer Outreach program.
in the Motor City, my relationship with God wasnít very good. I hadnít
fully given God a chance. I grew up in a Christian family in New Jersey
with good and faith-filled parents. I always knew God was real but I was
more concerned about how I could get blessed than how I could bless others.
I was selfish and I wasnít ready to sacrifice everything for God.
One day around
last June, I received a text from one of my youth leaders telling me about
a program called Standing in the Gap and encouraging me to apply for it.
Following his good advice, I applied and got placed in Detroit: probably
the last place I wanted to go. However, God had a plan and when I look
back I realize that this year has been amazing and Iíve received many blessings
from the Lord. Iíve learned a lot, but Iíve also realized that I have so
much more to learn.
to be the furthest thing from my mind. And now it has a special place in
my heart. Iím living and serving in Godís cityÖand I wouldnít want
to be anywhere else. God sought after me Ė I didnít seek after Him.
And now I know my need for God and the importance of having a relationship
with Him! What a great adventure the life He has for us!
Petritsch grew up in the The People of Hope community in New Jersey, USA.
He did a GAP year serving with YouthWorks-Detroit
between August 2012 and July 2013. He is currently a student participating
in University Christian Outreach (UCO) in Lansing, Michigan, and participating
in a UCO menís household.]
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