Amarah's Corner: Father shares heartbreaking story

Hi! My name is Amarah. Kids are important to me, and they’re important to Jesus, too.

In Matthew 18:10 (KJV), Jesus said, “Take heed that ye despise not (hurt or be mean to) one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”

“Kids like me” are kids whose parents are drug addicts, and alcoholics; kids who have suffered, or who are suffering, abuse and neglect on multiple levels; and kids who are victims of bullying.

Hey kids like me! Today, I’m sharing a heartfelt letter from a dear grandfather:

Kids Like You and Parents Like Me

Hello, First of all and foremost I want to say thanks to God for all that He has done for me. “Thanks Dear Lord!”

One day I needed some help in my life so I went to visit a social services lady at her office. While there, I saw pictures of a man and a young girl. I asked about the pictures and she said it was her granddaughter and her granddaughter’s dear Friend, Mr. Leon; I knew him from my business. Amarah, the young girl in the picture, was You!

I read your column every week. I know your mother has been lost and has struggled with drug addiction, and you have been hurt by it. Amarah, I promise you I will pray to God for your mother.

I, too, have three granddaughters who are being raised by grandparents, because their parents are lost and addicted to drugs. My son is 25-yrs old but he is still my kid.

I raised my son by myself, and it was the best 18-years of my life. Then, addiction. It hurt me so much to see him living on the streets, begging and stealing to support his habit. It hurts so much that I cannot allow him in my home because he will steal as much as he can from me. Man, it hurts. What really hurts is that he lost his three beautiful little girls because of Satan’s drugs.

Satan has used drugs to gather all the people he can.

The law, the courts, the medical people, cannot get you out of addiction. The only way out is through God. He is the only one powerful enough to fight Satan and his drugs. We need to put God back into our schools, courts, homes, work-place. Most of all we need to put Him back in our lives, and we need to keep Him there.

Amarah, I want to thank you for the Kids Action Bible you gave me for my granddaughters. It is a very good start for them.

My son is in jail, now. I visited him the other day, and he asked me if I could get him out. I told him that I couldn’t help. My son, you are in man’s jail and you are also in Satan’s jail, called addiction. I told him that the only one with the keys to both jails is God. Give yourself to Him and He will open the cell doors for you.

Amarah, keep praying for your mom. I will pray for her, too. I will keep praying for my son and you pray for him, too. In the end, we will all inherit the Kingdom of God. Have Faith! Kids like you and Parents like me. Alfred Martinez.

Dear Mr. Martinez, it means a lot to me that you took the time to write to me. You are right. Our only hope is God. Please remember what Jesus said in Mark 11:24 (NIV) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

God Bless you, Mr. Martinez. Thank you for reading my column. Please send questions or comments to me in care of the Courier, [email protected] or write to me at Amarah’s Childrens Foundation “Kids Like Me” P.O. Box 354, Alamosa, CO 81101, or call (719) 937-1033, leave a message, and someone will return your call. If you know a kid like me, or parent who is an addict, or alcoholic, please tell him or her about “Amarah’s Corner, Kids Like Me” in the Valley Courier newspaper and tell them to contact me, or you can contact me on their behalf. And, if you know a kid like me, or parent, who does not have a Bible, but would like to have one, please, contact me and I will make sure he or she gets a Bible of their very own, “…and all the earth may know there is a God…” (1 Samuel 17:46, KJV).

My goal is to help kids like me, and I want to help their parents, too. Until next time, remember, Jesus Loves You, and JESUS IS LORD!