Monday, March 10
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But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” (Jer. 1:7 NIV)
Lindsey McCaslin grew up in the 5:32 youth outreach program at First United Presbyterian in Guthrie. They call it 5:32 because Jesus says in Luke 5:32, “I’m here inviting outsiders, not insiders—an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out” (The Message). In every way, 5:32 is outreach to the “outsiders.”
At age 16, Lindsey McCaslin gave birth to Caitlyn—a life-changing moment for anyone. When you’re 16, hearing the words “You’re going to have a baby” stops you cold. It could mean your life, as you know it, is over.
Lindsey did not let it derail her. Lindsey sucked it up and became a mommy. She raised that baby, finished high school, worked two jobs—and she came to 5:32 almost every week with Caitlyn on her hip. She forged her life, and she gave her testimony to anyone who would listen.
Our lives are shaped by the choices we make, and each choice has consequences. Lindsey’s testimony shared her trials and life story with her peers in no uncertain terms. She set a strong example before the 46 other teen moms in her school. The experience and the sheer numbers inspired Lindsey to start a teen-mom support group at First United Presbyterian with the full blessing of the session and membership. The group meets twice a month to lift and encourage each other and to hear speakers from a variety of agencies.
Since its inception, the teen-mom support group has grown to encompass teen and young adult parents, including fathers, and support for young families as a whole. Now called Inspire Reality, the group has partnered with other local agencies, expanding its footprint to include support for continuing education and resources for all facets of parenting.
Cimarron Presbytery connects 13 congregations in northwestern Oklahoma.
Let us join in prayer for:
Elder Jim Bellatti, executive presbyter
Rev. Deborah Meinke, stated clerk
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Holy God, through the voices of our young people, let us hear you speak. May we act to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you. Amen.