This is a picture of the skyline behind Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge is the brick building on the far right.
So as you can see he is smack dab in the middle of downtown Minneapolis! We had a great visit with Michael once I stopped crying and clinging to his neck, I know that was probably rather embarrassing for him with everyone in the hallway. All his new friends watching his mother fall apart right there in the middle of the lobby! But my scene was nothing compared to the scene his father made (eye roll) like he made a scene. Is shaking his hand making a scene? All that raw emotion I just couldn’t hardly handle it!
Moving on to Michael, we visited in this room that he is pictured in here. We only had two hours with him and the time flew by. We talked about everything that he is doing there how he is doing and who he spends his time with. He had a lot of questions about us and the church, his friends at home and everything that is going on at home. He is homesick but not to the point of despair just obsessive cleaning. Let me explain he has become rather obsessed with keeping everything VERY clean! Perhaps this is because every time he gets in trouble he has to clean. And if you know Michael this means he is cleaning much of the time. He gets in trouble mainly for falling asleep during chapel, class and one time even in the deans office! Do you think maybe his medication is to strong? We have talked with the dr and she has lowered his dose. Hopefully this will help.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him! We brought him batteries, he was thrilled about that! (refer to earlier post for explanation of why) a clock radio, candy, camera, film, and a picture from his brother. We didn’t know we were supposed to bring lunch, oops, felt bad about that. Michael didn’t care he just wanted to be able to spend time with us. One of the many changes in him. He is not the same young man we left there. God is changeing him and he is becoming a man of God. When he comes home he will be a different person. That is what we have been praying for. The enemy’s time of keeping him bound is not going to win over God’s plan and purpose for Michaels life. He has lost that cocky attitude that was so much a part of him. There is a humbleness that we were not expecting but were pleased to see. Keep praying for him he needs it. This is not easy for him but he is tryng and he is succeeding. God is good. I will post again after the picnic on Monday. Maybe even some pics of his friends if they give their permission.