Rooftop Openbarings: How do you heal a child damaged by violence?

Op die dag 33 van hom 100-day rooftop vigil to combat neighborhood geweld and raise funds for his community center, the pastor was joined by hisright hand,” Pastor T.J. Grooms. The two men discussed the difficulties of ministering, supporting and mentoring young boys in the South Side.

We know of a person, a young boy, that by the time he was 6 jaar oud, he was shot twice on two different occasions,” Grooms said.

According to the pastor, this boy, wie is nou 9 jaar oud, was shot once on a playground and a second time within his own home.

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Can you imagine the trauma? Can you imagine the stress? Can you imagine what he has to go through on a daily basis?” Grooms said. “How in the world can I serve a young boy like this who has been traumatized like this? Wat kan ek doen?”

The pastor said it is imperative to present this child with another path, to lead him away from bitterness and revenge toward something better.

Brooks recalled a teacher with the Project H.O.O.D summer camp who requested to send this child home for poor behavior.

I can remember having to sit down and explain to her, ‘listen, this little boy has gone through a lot of trauma, and if we kick him out, where else is he going to go?’” he recounted.

There are so many kids just like him,” Brooks continued. “They may not have been shot, but they’ve definitely gone through trauma.

That’s the reason why, for me, the community center is so important,” Brooks gesê. “We can have more summer programs, more carpentry programs, electrical programs and even getting these kids a chance to learn how to swim.

Grooms added that most kids in the South Side have never even seen a swimming pool.

Both men agreed that exposing troubled children to new people, experiences and ideas is the key to building them a better future.

With enough counseling and guidance, the pastors believe, these damaged kids might be able to release the anger associated with their upbringing and gain tools to help others who may be struggling.

For more information, please visit Projek H.O.O.D.

Camera by Terrell Allen.

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