Newsletter: Autumn 2021
A Fond Farewell to Micah Downing
Have you ever felt that God had been orchestrating your whole life for one moment? That was my experience when I started at Rock Solid six years ago. When God allowed some of my most painful situations to be used for good. I was able to give hope to a teen who was hurting. That experience was the first of many God would have for me during my time here. God has used the experiences and passions of my life in ways I never would have believed.
One of my favourite memories was sharing the gospel with a student. He understood Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for his sin, but could not surrender to God’s control. Teens struggle to have control as so many have been in circumstances that are out of control. I encouraged him to be honest with God and ask for His help to surrender. The teen agreed, and by the end of the prayer, the Spirit of God had moved in his heart so much that he gave his life to Christ.
Some come here hoping they will be able to help teens change, but I’ve learned that while students do change and grow, God tends to use THEM to change us. I’ve learned so much about God’s love, about parenting, about teens, and I’ve become more self-disciplined.
Our family is not completely sure what God has in store, but we hope to move closer to mountains, trees and the ocean. I want to write and perhaps become a parent coach. We are confident in God’s goodness to provide. The students have taught me so much and I appreciate them. The staff have become close friends and we will miss them.
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