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Mr. Redden was a part of the church of my childhood; he’s now with the Lord. One time he was a chaperone for our youth group. He was very much on the edge of a great spiritual defeat. I was only about 12 or 13, but Mr. Redden found himself sharing his tough time with me. I don’t remember a thing he said, or what I told him, but I do remember how he looked at me and thanked me for listening.

Some months later he tapped me on the shoulder at church and gave me a wink. Without words he told me the victory was his. That bit of counseling has encouraged me over the years like little else. A grown-up taking a teenager seriously, respectfully...WOW! That was like manna to my soul.

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