Our learners come to us having struggled relationally in many ways. They are disconnected from their families as a result of many different “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (see www.acestudy.org). Often they are unable to trust and unable to trust their adoptive families. The trauma in their lives, known or unknown, cause the learners to act out in ways that we as parents and adults struggle to understand. Many of our teens arrive so angry with God that telling them more about Him is meaningless and only pushes them further away. Instead of talking at them, we actively seek to model Law and the Grace of the Gospel to our learners. We show kids the love God has shown all of us. We are by no means perfect representations of God’s love; we are sinful. However, it is often in our sin and our confession of that sin to the learner that we get to demonstrate what God has done for us.  It is then that our learners begin to ask questions about God and we have the opportunity to share the Good News of what God has done for them.