A few years ago I met Marlene and her daughter Cheyenne. At the time Marlene was a follower of a pagan religion. Through the ministry of Faith Community Church Marlene became a follower of Jesus Christ. Since then several people in her family have become Christians. Her brother in law is now a deacon at the church and her daughter Cheyenne is deeply involved in the youth ministry at the church. Cheyenne recently wrote a poem about her faith experience for the English class in her public high school. She kindly gave me permission to print the poem below:
I am from a Southern Baptist ministry,
BBQ and cook outs,
a pair of hallelujahs and amens.
I am from one hundred shoulders to cry on,
one-million helping hands
and a family who's clean and sober.
I'm from praise band teams
and one-man acts,
a congregation of two hundred plus a few more.
I'm from love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control.
I am from open arms, and ears that listen.
One hundred pairs of role models
and a place that I call home.
I am from a church that cares,
a family of acceptance,
and a godly Father who loves.