“We keep every letter kids write us…” Victor Marx
A couple of letters from kids in public schools:
Locked-up kids write after reading Victor’s book…
2012 Kids’ letters (unedited except to protect their identities and for brevity – many letters are pages long):
”Victor Marx..im writing this from security because right after we watched your movie a kid from my dorm lob’d me which means he “started hiting for his set” well i swung back so they gave me 24 hours in security…i just wanted you to know that after i watched your movie i felt motivated to do something with my life. my whole life i felt like i was nothing. i grew up with out a mom cuz she was in and out of jail and my dad was sick so the police took me to C.P.S and then they placed me in a foster home. i lived in three different foster homes in ______ with my big sister… my parents always told me i was going to end up in 2 places, either jail or 6 feet under. and now look where im at. ive been locked up since___________ and been in _________ for 2 months and Im trying to do good but it’s hard because people test me alot. On my 5th day here 3 kids said if i don’t give them my food they were going to jump me. and thats what they did. all these kids in here say they want to go home, but they keep doing stupid stuff and before they know it they go to the Pen. yesterday 3 kids got sent to the Pen. i pray to god for those kids. cuz i dont want to go there. when i was in the free i was breaking into houses and running away allot. so they finally arested me i just reallly want to see my family and im lucky to be alive for breaking into those houses. im tired of being here victor. and even though i just met you, i feel like your my best freind so please give me some good advice on things i can do to go home or just please write me back cuz i need someone to talk to right now. Your friend, Steven.
“PS and when you said that even the toughest people cry when they get alone. i cry allot when im by myself. but i can’t cry in front of people for some reason. and i was wondering if you can look up my old Preacher and tell him to write me. his names _____________ he always looked out for me…”
“Dear Victor Marx, Hey Mr. Marx I would like to thank you so much for showing me you care and the rest of the world. At the age of 3 years old I was being raped by my father’s best friend… my father sold me to him. [This continued] until at the age of 6 years CPS takes me away from my father because I would go to school with black eyes, welps on my face, arms, legs and back. Well they gave me to my grandmother who was verbally and physically abusive to me…said I would never amount to anything…tried to sufficate me on a daily basis and beat me daily with whatever she could get her hands on… pots, pans, hangers, bats, extension cords, belts… at 11 years old I ran to my Mother who worked 3 jobs and had a different boyfriend live with her/us every week. Well, my mother was never home so it would be her boyfriend there injecting me with drugs and rape me… my mother never believed me until she came home and caught him in the act, threw him out and blamed me. Well I ran away from her at 12 years old and I lived on the street…Now I’ve been locked up for 2 1/2 years and it’s the safest place I have ever felt. I really admire you because I wish I had the strength you have. I wish I had the self-esteem you have, I wish I wasn’t so different…I wish I was a Warrior like you!!!! I have thoughts of killing myself because I so different but Jesus wont allow me to go with Him yet. So Im still here waiting to know my purpose. I wish I can be a Man like you in my life so thanks for showing you care. Peter”
“Dear Mr. Marx, My name is Alissa…I’m 17… Well I was writing to tell you that reading your book and hearing your story has touched me. I have had alot happen to me… I have been abused physically sexually & emotionally… I want to thank you for coming & talk to us. You have made a difference in my life. Thank you! I know that life isnt easy b/c Ive been a cutter since I was 11. I’ve tried to kill my self numerous amounts of times & hearing your story has made a difference b/c I feel like Im alone in this world but listening to you speak has made me realize that Im not alone…God bless you and your family.”
“Hi My name is Joseph… I’m reading “The Victor Marx Story.” I like it. He sound like me. But only I got one father and tow mothers. Im in Juvinal Hall. And Im hear for merter. But Im trying to turn to God. But I have anger problems. I show my anger. Can you help me? And at being a Criston? Im expecteding a letter from you guys.” “Hi, I got your letter today. Thank you on the nice writing. I’m on chapter 37 I think. I’m glad I’m reading your book to. Thank you! I do want to follow Jesus. Thank you! I will! I will! Thank you for my book guys. My dad beat me up and tretend to keck outmy Mom ot of the house and to Burn the house down. My Mom told me to kill him. So she one night wok me up andtold me to do it. So I did It. She cold the cops on me. And all she tills me is that I was sleepwalk and that Its me and hir against the world. PS I will keep your letters to. PS But at least I got friends. And my mom told my sisters to not see or talk to me and they wont.”
“Hi Mister Victor, … am here in jail… I wanna thanks you on these book. And now am praying, these book had open my heart, and it make me more close to god… I decide to writte you, because I need somebody to understand my life… When I was only a ‘kid’ I became sexual abuse by a 14 year’s old girl, and when only I was 8 year’s old I become rape, by a guy, who was 18 years old and other stuff. I never tought in my life, that these would effect me a lot, in my youth life. And now it hurt me because I grow up hurting people, even my own family. I just pray to God for forgiveness…thanks for your book, it is your story but it is my story too… Sinceremente, Geovany”
“Hey Victor Marx, this is George…I just finish your book… like my mother always say everything happens for a reason and hopefully this letter saves not only me but the next generation of kids growing up in my little town of ____ It is a very little town were drugs seem to be taking over young minds… I cant say Iv been molestead but I have seen and been raised in nothing but violence…I would like 2 ask u 4 some help. Im trying to find Jesus and wold like to help others find Jesus 4 tha most part I would like to say ur book alone made me have faith in Jesus seeing how he shaped ur life makes me have hope in my own life…”
“Dear, Mr. Victor Marx Sir My name is Christopher…I just finished reading your book yesterday and I have been inspired by your book. I now realize that there is hope and a god that can help me change my life from now on. I now pray and go to church every Sunday, and I feel a relief to know that god can forgive us for our mistakes…”
“Victor, My name is Tiffany… I just finished reading your book…when I started reading your book I thought it was going to like a really boring biography but instead you suprised me with an autobiography of My life! I honestly thought that I was the only one that couldn’t do anything right….Could you come to _______ and talk to us girls we really need faith hope and love right away. And after reading your book I think you could really help these girls…”
A couple of the kids to pray for among the many that I saw and spoke to back in 2011:
1. His name is Sampson, 16-year-old muscular kid, he lost both parents at age three, now he is locked up. When I shared he responded to Christ. I walked by his room and he asked, “Will you sign my book?” Then he asked, “Would you pray for me to have a good life?” I placed my hand on his head and blessed him to be a Godly man and future husband and dad. His eyes started leaking good; he grabbed me and hugged me like he had never been hugged by a dad! Pray for Sampson to reach his goals.
2. I spoke with an abnormally small 16-year-old kid who is incarcerated at a youth prison with mental health issues. He has small shoulders because he was kept in a cage like a dog by his stepfather. He accepted Christ and wanted a hug. To put things in perspective, right down the road is the adult prison for mental patients where they have incarcerated the actual “Texas Chain Saw massacre dude.” Perhaps the Lord through us just averted potential horrible future crimes by seeing this kid come to faith in Jesus! Please say a prayer for “Little Luke!”