How can I better engage a student that internalizes EVERYTHING? I know she is having issues at home but she never shows that side at group, church, or even around me one on one? How can I get to her heart and help her deal with life if she won’t acknowledge that she's hurting?
Your heart for students come through your email and we, at The Source, appreciate youth workers like you.
Since there's rarely just one issue or event a student is hurt over, there's usually not just one key to helping them process and move past that hurt. I like your initial question: "How can I better engage a student?" I don't have to tell you that you can't make
her deal with it until she's ready, and you can't make her talk to you. So the simplest, best ways to engage her are:
- Pray for and with her. As well, point her to verses that speak of God and Jesus never leaving or forsaking us (Deuteronomy 31:5-9, Joshua 1:4-6, John 14:18, Psalm 9:9-11, Isaiah 49:14-15), or any other verses you believe will comfort her.