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Topic: Social Media (12/01/11)
TITLE: Online Prayer Room 1 On 1
By harvestgal Ndaguba
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Prayer Moderator- What can I agree with you in prayer for?
James- Well, I met this lady in a chat room. I never meant for anything to happen. I was just bored and having fun.
Prayer Moderated- And so what happened?
James- Okay, I was just acting silly so I said all this stuff about me that wasn't true. You know, I sort of created a fake identity. I really planned on telling her the truth before we stopped chatting, but she just suddenly left the chat room. Then she wrote me this long email about some personal issues she was facing. In order to help her, I needed to keep the fake identity. I wrote her this long email back and from there, we just really opened up to each other and got close.
Prayer Moderator- Okay, let's pray.
James- Well first let me explain some more.
James- She said she's a 40 year old single parent of two teenage boys. One is 14 and the other is 16. She was having problems controlling them and they were really disrespecting her. I told her I was a 45 year old widower who once had a teenage daughter but she had died. I told her I could really relate to what she was going through.
Over the months, I've encouraged her and helped her build a better relationship with her sons. I even chat with them now and they kind of look to me as the dad they never had. We write and encourage each other all the time. They think I'm really cool.
Well, I knew I had to tell them the truth sooner or later. But first, I wanted to tell them about Jesus. He's done so much in my life. I figured if I told her the truth first then introduced her to Jesus she might hate me and Him too. So I kept the false identity. I told her about Jesus and made up lies about how He had helped me, especially when I lost my daughter. It's not like He hasn't helped me, He just hasn't helped me the way I told her He had. I did loose my sister and that's what Jesus really helped me through. Anyway, she ended up accepting Jesus as her Savior. I knew I needed to tell her the truth but I wanted her to grow in her faith first.
Prayer Moderator- Well, I'm a little curious. How old are you really?
James- I'm 16. I was just playing with her, then when she wrote me that personal letter, I just thought I'd help her out, then disappear. She'd never know who I really was. But I made the mistake of giving her my real email. I planned on telling her the truth eventually, but some how I never got around to it and now I don't know how.
I even made a false identity on facebook. I've befriended a lot of her friends too. I downloaded some picture of a guy who looked around 45 off the Internet and used that as a picture of myself. It's bad, I know. I don't even know why I went that far. I have no idea. I just didn't want to let her and her family down..
Prayer Moderator- Does your Mom know about this?
James- No, she died, I live with my Dad.
Prayer Moderator- Maybe you should talk to him.
James- yea, I thought about introducing him to her. I just want prayer. I need God to show me what to do and how to break the news to her. We've been friends for a year now. I've just always avoided meeting her in person. We've even talked on the phone. She told me I sounded young and I said, “yea, that's what everyone tells me.”
Prayer Moderator- You know, you really need to tell her the truth.
James- I know.
Prayer Moderator- Let's pray
James- okay but how do you know I'm not just some kid making up another story?.
Prayer Moderator- I don't, I can only believe the best about you and try my best to help you in prayer.
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