A Privilege and a Gift
by Angela Sanders, Freelance Writer
“…Crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” 1 Peter 2:2
Equipped with a mischievous smile, dark eyes that twinkle, and a keen sense of humor, fourteen-year-old Krysha appears ready for whatever the future holds.
More than anything else, Krysha enjoys AG class and working with her new steer, Captain. “I named him myself,” Krysha says. “The first time I looked at him, he head-butted me, and I was like, ‘Whoa, there, Captain!’ The name stuck. He loves me now and follows me pretty much wherever I go.” Krysha also enjoys choir. “I’m in the advanced choir,” Krysha says, smile wide. “We go to nursing homes and other places to perform. We get to wear dresses and special outfits. It’s advanced choir because we sing more difficult songs and go to conferences and sing.”
Krysha has lived at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) for nearly two years. “I was living with my grandma, two brothers and my sister before,” Krysha explains. “My grandma had some health issues, so my brothers moved to a camp, and my sister came here. I stayed with my grandma then because we thought she could take care of one of us, but her condition got worse. She couldn’t really watch me. I got in with the wrong crowd, so I came here.”
“My sister was the first one to try and persuade me,” Krysha remembers, “but I didn’t want to come. When I saw it, I was like, ‘Wow! That’s not what I thought it would be.’ First, it was just really green and pretty, but everything was also so much better than I had imagined. I thought I would feel trapped, but all they do here is give us opportunities we wouldn’t have otherwise. For instance, last year, I attended the President’s Leadership Conference and recited the OBHC creed. I got first place!” Krysha exclaimed. “I said it in front of 400 people…all by myself!”
Krysha loves living at OBHC. “I’m planning to stay until graduation,” she says. “This place is my home. Whenever the rest of the girls and I are out somewhere, this is where we really want to be, where we want to go at the end of the day. Until then, wherever we are together is home for us. I think we realize what we’ve been given—a chance to start over, new friends, kind adults to take care of us—is a gift, so we respect the privilege and don’t take it for granted. We take care of it and each other.”
Krysha feels that she has grown a lot since coming to OBHC and credits much of that growth to all the houseparents who have poured into her so selflessly. “They make us laugh,” Krysha says. “They’re kind, patient and understanding. Like if we are trying to describe our feelings, they even understand the things we have trouble saying out loud and give good advice that works if we just follow it.” Krysha giggles and adds behind a walled hand. “Don’t tell them I said that, though!”
Krysha gave her life to Jesus at Falls Creek last summer and is grateful for the guidance she has received as she learns how to follow Christ. “Now, when we do Bible study, I’m like, ‘Oh, so THAT’S what that means!’ I like going to church all the time now, too, and I feel like I’m probably nicer to everyone in general. I appreciate the devotionals our houseparents do and the example they set, like when we’re about to get a new girl, we go pray over her room together. I think that’s cool.”
Someday, Krysha hopes to build a career in the agricultural industry, but no matter what she does or where she ends up, she will forever be grateful for the fresh start those who support OBHC provided. “You have given me opportunities to learn and grow I wouldn’t have had without you,” Krysha says.