Open Their Eyes

It’s an eerie feeling to sense a child’s cry for help by merely looking into his eyes. When I looked into the eyes of the students with whom I worked, while serving at the Wyandotte County Juvenile Detention Center the summer before earning my first degree from Kansas State University, I could sense their desire to want something better, to do better, to be better. They weren’t crying out for help verbally; it was written all over their faces, as their eyes spoke with a heart-pounding hopelessness. I could clearly feel the Lord prompting me to do something about what I experienced that summer, but instead of extending my hand to help, I flared my arms in the face of God and refused to move back to Wyandotte County. Returning for one summer to work at the juvenile detention center was enough — there was no way I would ever return there to live.


In the year 2000, the Lord changed my heart for the people of Wyandotte Count. My wife and I, along with our four children, moved to the inner city of Wyandotte County to live and serve. I have been called by Jesus, the Rock, to create a life-changing ripple that touches every edge of Wyandotte County, Kansas and spills over into the far-reaching regions of the world. Thanks to the dedication of former staff members and our current ministry team, we are doing just that as we give our all to develop responsible Christian leaders in urban Wyandotte County. (Watch the short video to hear more of the story.)


We encourage you to visit The Urban Scholastic Center, look into the eyes of our students, and tell us what you see.

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