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Joy’s story

July 13th, 2011 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

“Finally I have come out of the cave I have been hiding in for years.”

Fresh Perspective is a national family mentoring agency that works with churches to train people to come alongside others as mentors.  West is embarking on a partnership with Fresh Perspective to be part of changing the world in Jesus’ name.

Here was Joy’s experience of having a Fresh Perspective mentor:

At the time I was matched with my mentor I had no idea of the lifeline it was to be.  Only now as I look back and reflect on the experience do I see it!  It’s like I was stuck high on a mountain and amidst the ‘noise’ of my difficult situation I didn’t see the helicopter dropping the survival pack to me.

My mentor arrived at about the same time a number of other community organisations and agencies came around to support me in parenting my son.  All of these organisations, along with Fresh Perspective, have made a huge difference in my daily life.  What was special about my mentor was she was there for me personally as well as being someone who could pray for me.  I now see my mentor as the ‘big sister’ I’ve needed for years.  The match was perfect – bunches of thanks to those responsible.

The fruit of connecting with another soul has definitely been a stepping stone in getting me back out in the community meeting people.  Finally, I have come out of the cave that I have been hiding in for a number of years and can see life through a different set of glasses.

I would definitely recommend Fresh Perspective mentoring to others.  It certainly met my expectations and nearly all of my needs.  My mentor was very wise (in a quiet kind of way) and listened to my blabbering patiently and gave suggestions along the way.  Now I am grateful to be at the place of not needing a lifeline any more but my mentor and I will definitely keep in touch on an informal basis – as good friends/sisters do!

Thank you Fresh Perspective for your part in giving me a fresh perspective in my life at just the time I needed it.

If you want to be part of changing the world, one family at a time, give some thought to becoming a mentor.  Someone might write a story like this about you one day…

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