James, Jesus’ brother, once wrote “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you” (James 1:27 NLT). Therefore, we seek to live a genuine relationship with God by mentoring and loving young boys in foster care. These young men, who were abandoned by their parents and families, are the focus of our ministry.
We serve these young men through a consistent, compassion relationship. Through invested time and attention, we consistently show young men that they are valued by God, and therefore valued by us. The young men today will be the future leaders in their jobs, communities, and families. By molding and shaping their actions in a positive way now, these youth who we interact with can and will have a positive effect on those that will follow them. As they grow into manhood we hope these young men will become positive assets to their community.
The name Mshauri Mentor carries a deeper meaning. We acknowledge the continual nature of mentorship. As Disciples of Christ we are continually being mentored by Him through his Word and Spirit. Through the people He sends to speak words of wisdom through us at various times in our life. And we aim to be that for these children. We aim to be a tool for God to mentor them even as he mentors us. The foster system is full of young males who have lost or never had the presence of fathers or any older males who were positive influences in their lives. However, the bible is replete with Gods design for men to mentor and disciple one another. Examples like Barnabas and Paul, and Paul and Timothy. We want these children who are looking around for guidance and a path to this life to find their way and not to end up lost. We hope to share our lives with them and help them with whatever wisdom God has graced us with.
We invite you into this journey with us. If you have a heart for God and children, then pray about joining us in our mission to love what the world has deemed unlovable. If you have a heart for men, we also invite you to join in with us. God is at work in our community as he changes the lives of these young men.
~ Gabe Cannon