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She cowered in the darkness of the closet just as she had done on numerous occasions in the past. Her dark brown eyes reflected distrust and uncertainty. As I reached to stroke the curly, auburn hair that clung to her tear-streaked face, she recoiled as if expecting a blow. Softly, I began singing, "Jesus loves you, this I know...."

God had prepared my heart for that moment since childhood. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all [my] days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began (Psalm 139:16). When I was twelve years old, an article in Home Life magazine awakened a desire to minister to hurting children. Observations of my parents as they offered refuge to wayward teens and struggling families continued to shape my dreams. Each of these experiences became th...