Pastor Sanders

As a pastor, husband, father, uncle, son, brother, friend and mentor, I wear many hats; but the most important one we all should wear is that of a mentor. 

We should all be mentors to males and females in our churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and even in our communities. 

We should just listen more to young people and do less talking. Recently I hired a young man who had joined my church a couple of weeks ago. He just got out of jail and he has a felony. 

I told him it’s not the end of the world. I took him away from his common surroundings and he began to tell me some very personal events that happened in his life. He told me that he was shot before in one side of his mouth and the bullet came out of the top of his mouth, removing several teeth. He also told me about a car accident he was in. He had been drinking and the car flipped over on the expressway. I didn’t tell him he was wrong, crazy or anything else. I just listened. 

And that is what we must learn to do, so we can help the young people in our community. We must learn to listen. Don’t forget to become a mentor. Peace.

— Pastor Sanders, Austin