A year ago this month, I had the pleasure of being introduced to two amazing families, the Hunter’s and the Haught’s. A mutual friend, Vivian who I had met in Portland, introduced us. They had an interest in what I was doing in the park and had asked if they could come down and check it out.
That first day in the park when the six of them came down to see what we do, is a day I will never forget and a day we still laugh about. I wish you could have seen them then and now. That’s another story.
I have had others come and go in the park, but this group saw the vision that the Lord laid on my heart. Instead of trying to change it, they embraced it and ran with it. I had prayed for a long time that the Lord would bring people along side that would see people thru His eyes, love them with His heart and just love on them period. These two families were the best answer to prayer that I could have received, they are an extension of Him in this world and I couldn’t be more thankful for having them be a part of what we do in the park.
They are dedicated and loving people that give so much of themselves to those who have not. They have gone from the group standing off to the side, not knowing what to do, to being embraced by all in the park. As our friends who live outside would say “They are family!” They took a step of faith and entered a world and community that most would not wander into. They asked nothing of themselves, but give all they can to those who others chose to ignore. In doing so lives have are being changed, I see smiles where there were none, a laughter where there was none heard, an embrace when others were afraid to touch and love where there was no love at all. They are Christ extend in this world and I thank the Lord for them continuously.
To this beautiful group, I say “Thank You” so much for all you do; you have no idea how much you are loved. So Happy 1st Anniversary and Welcome to the Family…whether you like it or not your part of us now!
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