We Almost Lost Him
I knew this kid was different and it wasn’t just because of his strange name... Myzaveon showed up at Club Christ in 2004, our very first year. He was a scrawny little 5th grader with a twinkle in his eye. He was bright, funny, and had a love for God that set him apart. Over the years, he matured into a young man who didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of his cousins who were involved in gangs. But it almost all came crashing down one afternoon when he was a junior in high school.
That particular day another Club Christ teen walked in the door and said, “Myzaveon got kicked out of school today.” I freaked out and thought, “No way, Myzaveon!?” Turns out that another student picked a fight with him while he got on the school bus, which led to a scuffle and the bus driver reporting the whole incident to the principal. Since the Clark County School District has a zero-tolerance policy for fighting, Myzaveon was immediately expelled. I thought, “Man, are we losing Myzaveon too?” Over the years we have had kids pivot away from us and get into all sorts of trouble. I immediately began praying.
After sitting Myzaveon down and making sure that he had learned his lesson from this experience, I reassured him that God still had an amazing plan for his life. He looked at me and said that he made a mistake and he would never do it again. He was right. Since that moment, I have not only seen Myzaveon make wise decisions, but I have witnessed him choose to make a difference in the lives of troubled youth by becoming a mentor at the local recreation center in the community where he grew up.
Be sure to check out the video link at the end of this post to see a snapshot of who Myzaveon has become: a leader, a mentor, and a shining example of what Club Christ is here to do. Our vision is to empower urban youth to transform their communities for Christ. One way we would love to see their community transformed is for young men to value marriage and to make a covenant with their wives before having children. I’m proud to say that Myzaveon married his lovely God-fearing fiancé this past year and they are doing wonderful.
I knew this kid was different. It was because God set him apart.