"The West End has a lot of potential. We have a lot of children out here that need some positive role models. They need somebody that can tell them the difference between people, places, and things to not try in life. I think that would start at a church or from somebody that was raised in the 50's. They need someone that would obviously be able to instill positive words, words of affirmation, words of encouragement, words that can enlighten one to do something different other than what they see being done and being exploited on television. So, I think it would start in church and through positive personnel.
The children are confused. They need something to do and they have nothing to look forward to. The man has been out of the home and placed throughout the prison system. I'm thinking that positive character is what these kids need. A lot of them think that there's only one way but I'm here to say that there is another way. It says that, 'All things are possible through God who strengthens us.' I actually believe and spread that. So, if our children are around people doing something different, their outcome would be different. But if we keep shutting the door on them, then the same will come. They just want to be heard.
Be in acceptance of the outcome of your actions. Whatever your actions are, you have to accept the outcome. I mean, if I had to use a biblical term for it, 'He was born to die, that we may live'. If it weren't for crucifixion, there wouldn't have been a resurrection. In order for something to live new in anyone's life, something old has to die." - Pastor Fortney, Shawnee