Hi friends, It’s Scott Wilcher!
Tonight I’m on the air at 8:30 Central (9:30 Eastern) and I want to remind you what I asked you last week. Will you contact all of the adults in your life and have them listen in tonight? I’d be grateful and I think they’ll be blessed. I’m looking forward to hearing your questions and your comments.
Last story: Last week, out of the blue I got a donation through PayPal from a girl I’ll just call E. Wilcher. Obviously we share the same last name, but I had no idea who she was, so I sent her a note thanking her and asking who she was and what prompted her to give to my ministry. Here is the response I got:
“I guess I should give you a little bit of background. I’m nineteen now. I just started my first day of college today, and I’m getting married to the most incredible man who has a deep thirst for the Lord. I also have a growing relationship with Him and I’m still learning with every day.
My life hasn’t always been so good. My parents were never kind to me growing up. I’m an only child, but they were relatively abusive. My father especially… It was always verbal and emotional abuse, the kind that didn’t leave visible bruises and scars… But my rebellious and disobeying behavior always reflected how I had been treated at home.
Both my mother and father are atheists, and that’s how I was raised. You fend for yourself, you trust no one, and you stop at nothing to reach YOUR goals, even if that includes jeopardizing others. They put me into psychotherapy at the age of three and kept me heavily loaded up on psychiatric medications from age four until eighteen.
When I was eighteen, I met my fiance, David. We worked at GameStop together. He was raised in a lower socioeconomic background by Christian parents. He and I became so close, and he heard that I was on endless medications. He simply asked me, “Why?” I said I really had no idea, I had just blindly accepted taking them my whole life. He recommended trying to get off of them.
So, I did. My psychiatrist approved. My parents, however, did not. They were furious. So they kicked me out.
I moved in with David’s parents within twenty-four hours of being asked to leave my parents’ home. I was still an atheist, still angry, and still a liar. They were all wholehearted loving Christians and they accepted me 100% and loved me like parents I never had.
I started to attend church for the first time in my life with David. I became a Christian at the beginning of this year.
Anyway, I was googling around one day at work and I searched for “Wilchers” and I found you. Then I found out you were a pastor. And then a youth pastor… And then I read about your Upstream Project. I was so overwhelmed when I found you. I called David immediately and he and I agreed to donate to your project. We don’t have much money, but I felt that God was giving me a sign to give a large amount to you. I love what you’re doing for God’s young adults. It’s incredible.
So, anyway, that’s my story. Thanks for being so cool. I hope God continues to bless your family immensely.
E’s story might not have taken such a positive turn if David’s parents hadn’t loved her so well. They let their lives be a picture of Jesus moving to an orphan, but E. is no longer an orphan. She’s found a family. The fun part of this story is that E. and I are family too. Not just in our last names; we have the same Father. We share the bloodline of Christ by faith. We are brother and sister. Anyone who is in Christ is part of the same family. We’re not abandoned.
If you’ve not contacted the adults in your world, will you do it now?
I want them to hear the message of “The Orphaned Generation.” And gather your family around the laptop tonight and listen as Steve and I unpack these ideas a bit more.
Also I hope you’ll check out my Facebook page for the book by just CLICKING HERE.
Thanks for reading.