Worried about my teenage grandson
I write to ask you for prayers to help my 14-year-old grandson who is adhering to peer pressure and putting himself at risk.
We live in London but I brought him to Jamaica in June for his safety, and to give his mother and me peace of mind.
He is mixed up in the gang culture and carries knives for protection and defence because that's how London youth culture is at present.
Young black boys are killing each other over everything and anything. I have worked in children's social care for 30 years.
It is also embarrassing that all the services have his name on their tongue. Since being here, I registered him for a music summer camp, but he refused to go.
My aim was for him to go to school here, but I am at a loss as to where to turn for support.
I fear that if he returns home, he will become a negative statistic, which we don't want. May I ask that prayers are made for him so that he can see that we want good for him and we are not fighting him? He needs to see the way.
Any assistance or support you can offer would be greatly appreciated. May God bless and keep you.
You are pouring out your soul on behalf of your 14-year-old grandson. You love this young man and you want him to do well in life.
He does not see why you should be so worried about him, but you must because you see danger looming over his head.
What is happening in London is happening here, too, and you have worked with young people for 30 years. You have a good understanding of what is going on, and that is enough to cause you to be concerned about your grandson.
You cannot give up on him. I know you won't. The question is, what can we do for him now? He is only 14 years old. He thinks that he is a grown man and that no one should tell him what to do.
That is why when you enrolled him for the summer programme, he did not attend, because he believes that he should be allowed to do his own thing. That is a real problem.
If you have not been able to place him in school, contact the Ministry of Education and ask for guidance. I am sure they would be able to suggest where this young man could attend school.