Years ago now, a couple my husband and I respect mentioned that we should consider mentoring others. And we were like, “Really, you think so?” We just felt very unqualified.
A few years later, he and I began to do that with a few people who came our way and with a couple of kids from our Church that were looking for a Big Brother/ Big Sister. We started off unsure but willing and over time, we began to get our chi so to speak. These relationships have added much to our own lives.
Many of us count ourselves out from reaching out to others because we feel that we have nothing to offer. But if you can love and care about others, speak words of encouragement, and make the time, you can make a difference in someone’s life. Shooting hoops, playing games or going fishing are just a few of the ways to connect.
Organizations like Big Brother Big Sister can help match willing adults with kids in need. The Amachi program specifically targets children who have one or more parent that are incarcerated. “Amachi” is a Nigerian Ibo word that means “Who knows but what God has brought us through this child.”
As time and effort is sown into others, many times the mentor will find that the person they are reaching out to might teach them something in the process, giving both parties an unexpected gift.
For more on the Amachi program, please visit http://www.amachimentoring.org/