It was a simple request. Would Greg and Sue Smith be able to provide some school supplies for Carmen’s two children?
That was years ago. Through LUCHA Ministries, the Smiths were able to provide supplies that year and for many years following. Occasional food assistance was needed. The Smiths came alongside the family, helping them adjust to their new life in the U.S. There was rejoicing when the oldest son received DACA –Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—status. Employed at McDonald’s and a local grill for three years, Carmen’s son was able to work his way through community college. Eventually he was able to transfer to a four-year college on a soccer scholarship and to graduate.
The Smiths were overjoyed to be present at the young man’s graduation. Where is he today? He is now an active member of LUCHA’s board of directors and works as an interpreter in a local low-cost clinic serving uninsured immigrant families with limited English proficiency.
Impressed with this family’s resiliency and ability to not just survive but to thrive, taught the Smiths the power of trusting God and how to always wear a smile even in the midst of heartbreak, fear and seeming hopelessness.
Because the Smiths were present, they were able to seek transformational development and experience having themselves be transformed in the process. Because presence matters!
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 NRSV)
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