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Becoming a Mentor
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 • Posted July 14, 2010

About six years ago I was surely living an active and full life. I was teaching Sunday School and in charge of a Youth Program at our Church. I was involved in a Prayer Group. I was also working full time in Fredericksburg at a Garden Center and giving classes on Saturdays on organic gardening and native plants. I was also quite sure that there was something more that I was being called to do but I had no idea what it might be.

One fortuitous day, I was having my hair cut and Barbara Pluenneke happened to be sitting in the chair next to me. She began talking about the Mentor Program at the Mason Schools and something in me responded. I began asking a lot of questions of Barbara and finally she asked me if I would be interested in mentoring. I told her that I would think about it and called her back that evening to say that I would definitely like to mentor.

That was a real life changing decision and it has been a true blessing to me ever since.

I have had the privilege of mentoring three totally different children over the last six years and each one has been a joy.

There is nothing more rewarding than simply being a friend to a child. Developing an ongoing relationship and being a ‘significant other’ is something that is indescribable. To see a child’s eyes light up simply because you are there is a feeling of awe. To know that by giving that child only one hour once a week, you have made an enormous difference is incredible. I give up nothing and yet the rewards are beyond measure.

If you are feeling the desire to give something of yourself to one of God’s children, please consider mentoring. To find out more about it, just give Barbara Pluenneke a call at 347-5581. More mentors are needed. You too can make a huge difference in the life of a child. We never know the part that we play but we, for sure, play a part. Remember, to the world, you may be only one person, but to one person, you may be the world.

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