For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun. Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19


This is the scripture we used last year to introduce you to DeMikael. At that time, he was shopping for a bow tie (his first) and he wanted to get it right. After all, it’s important to look your best when addressing state lawmakers.

DeMikael came to us when a court counselor named Anthony Cobb looked at him and saw an individual with great potential. DeMikael was 16, strong but powerless, bright but invisible. He was a teen just beginning to believe the future could be bigger than the present.

When he moved into our transitional living home, DeMikael found people who believed in him and who worked daily to restore his belief in himself. That’s what DeMikael needed most and, once it was secured, there was no stopping him.

His accomplishments that year went far beyond anything he ever imagined for himself. He found the strength and courage to step away from his former life. He completed high school. He started a job, worked on a farm, and delivered Meals on Wheels. Then he did something few his age could do: He walked into the Legislative Building in downtown Raleigh and addressed members of the North Carolina legislature, telling his story and what he hoped to accomplish. A few months later, having completed our program, DeMikael officially left our care.

We say it that way – that he “officially” left our care – because, even though it was time for him to step out on his own, he remains in our heart. In that sense, he will never leave our care. We will answer the phone when he calls, offer advice and support, and celebrate his milestones. And when something really big happens – such as graduating from Ordnance Corps training – those closest to him will board a plane and attend the graduation.

That was DeMikael’s most recent accomplishment. After DeMikael officially left our care, he enlisted with the National Guard. Soon he found himself at basic training. He called us during the summer for an update and, when we heard graduation was scheduled in September, Mr. Claude, DeMikael’s mentor from our transitional living program, made plans to attend.

DeMikael is back in Raleigh now, ready to start college in just a few weeks. He is a young man who continues to step out and do new things. We are so proud of him – and we know this is just the beginning.


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3 comment on “DeMikael

  1. Star Peele Reply

    Just want to wish you a great success in the National Guard. We are also wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The Lord has blessed you. Please let us know how you are doing with your studies and your service to our Great County. Hope to hear from you so we can send you goodies boxes of support during your college and your National Guard duty.
    Best, Starr and Glen Peele

  2. Beverly Bizzell Reply


    My heart was warmed in reading of your journey. I know great things lie ahead for you. I also served in the NC National Guard – for 30 years. I was in my early 20’s and basically “stumbled” into the organization. Looking back now I know God was leading me there. It became one of the best decisions of my life. I found a new family within the Guard and today some of my very best friends are those I met during the years I was there. As I’m sure you already have found there will find many difficult days but keep pushing forward as you will also many wonderful opportunities and rewards. I am now retired and able to enjoy the benefits that a career in the military offers.

    May God continue to bless you in the days ahead. Keep your eyes on Him as you move forward in life.

    All the best,
    Beverly Bizzell

  3. Barbara Hemphill Reply

    Wishing you much success in your life ahead. God created you for a specific purpose. My husband is a retired colonel from the National Guard. We will be praying for you. If there are specific prayers we can pray, please reach out to me on Facebook.


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