"CSB was not started to do something for boys, but so that boys could do something for Christ."
Joe Coughlin, Founder of CSB
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Bounce House Conversions
It took a backflip in a bounce house
By Ben Lindly, Stockade Ranger
I was blown away by a story recently from a mother of one of my former Brigade
boys. Almost a year ago now we were getting ready for our first annual
community party. As a promotion for this event we had an inflatable bouncy
house for our first Wednesday night meeting. During the course of jumping
around a Sophomore attempted a back flip (which you aren't supposed to do in
those) and he landed with the full weight of his body on his neck. His neck was
sore but he did not tell anyone.
The next day it was swollen. Upon inspection he had pinched nerves in his neck
and had to wear a neck brace for two weeks. I was relieved when I found out
that the mother, who I didn’t know that well, was taking it all in stride. In
fact, the following Sunday the boy and his mother both came to church. I felt
so sad for the young man as it was obvious he was tired, in pain, and miserable.
She decided to come with him because despite all of his pain he still wanted to
come to church. We prayed over him. I was overjoyed to see the mother there. A
few months later she started coming regularly and I could see a change
beginning in her.
Today she shared her story that she had come to Christ recently, and was a new
person. And it all started that day when she came to church with her injured
son. She shared how she had tried to commit suicide after she was divorced many
years ago. She was angry with God because despite taking a lethal amount of
pills "God would not let her die." She shared the fear her family
recently had when she found a lump on her breast which turned out to be nothing
serious. She shared how she had changed. I stood next to her boys watching
tears in their eyes as their mother who we had been praying for so long had
finally come to faith. And today she was baptized. And I am so thankful for the
change in their lives.