Scripture Helps At-Risk Youth Choose a Better Path

“Without this Bible … I would walk the streets,” says young Katherine.

Katherine* doesn’t have much family. With her dad gone, her grandfather served as her father figure. She lived with him — and was devastated when he died at just 50 years old. Growing up in one of the most dangerous areas of a Central American country, it would have been easy for Katherine to follow the path of so many of her neighbors, turning to drugs or gangs to numb the pain.

You see, Katherine lives in a city where drug use and gang violence are rampant. The gangs are so prevalent, families are often driven from their homes, fearing for their safety.

Katherine has grown up near a soccer field where she frequently saw drug use and gang activity — and she was scared. But thanks to gifts from American Bible Society’s financial partners, Katherine received a Bible of her very own. Now she’s not as afraid, and she’s determined to choose a better path for herself.

“Having my own Bible is priceless,” Katherine says. “It means to have hope and peace in my family, to know God. Without this Bible, my life would be a disaster. I would walk the streets, I would be a bad daughter … and maybe a member of a gang.”

Financial partners of American Bible Society help reach at-risk youth like Katherine in some of the poorest and most violent areas of the world —where people are desperate for the redeeming hope found in God’s Word.

*Name changed for privacy.

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