This fall, Jahyon chose to trust God to protect him and his sister and sold his gun. A new focus on homework meant he was eligible for football for the first time. His motivation, he said, was "to run for Jesus." When he tore his ACL halfway through the season, he continued to trust Jesus.
A friend who is a surgeon heard of Jahyon's injury and set him up with the IU team doctor in Bloomington. Amazingly, the surgery was done pro bono, and because God's family cared and acted, Jahyon started his recovery 2 1/2 months before he would have even had surgery through his normal healthcare provider.
Now Jahyon is working hard at therapy. He still hopes to run track in college. But what impresses me most about Jahyon are his bigger desires. He wants to get married and be a dad. To have a wife and kids and a house and a big table with his family all together. To break the cycle of fatherlessness. He wants to be a man of God. He stood up and shared those things with his peers last week at Bible study as we talked about what it means to have God as our Father. And I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that those desires are given and known by the One who saw Jahyon walking alone at night and heard his cries and saw his tears. Our Daddy in heaven loves and loves and loves, and our hearts thrill to take part in His work and to share with you in the joy of new life.