A Promise Fulfilled
October 11th, 2014, is a day that will always have meaning to HOPEmatch. Two Christmas seasons ago, HOPEmatch got the privilege to serve the Gray family. Just like all of the other families we serve at the holidays, they received generous boxes of beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts delivered to their door right before Christmas. Our delivery drivers remember driving up to their home, a modest trailer at the back of a piece of land. The landing going up to their front door was very loose and their oldest son, Stephen, came out to help get the boxes of presents. Our drivers were amazed at how he lifted those heavy boxes! One thing became evident from the very beginning of serving the Gray family…they are grateful in all things.
Soon after Christmas, HOPEmatch hosted a New Year’s Eve service. The Gray family almost didn’t come because they had some reservations about leaving their children. We invited them to come and bring the kids; and through that experience, they met one of our awesome volunteers, Michelle Clark. Michelle found out that they were not in church and invited them to visit Eastside Church where her family attends. Soon thereafter, the Gray’s son Samuel became ill and was hospitalized. During that time, Michelle went to visit them in the hospital and offer her support. This meant a great deal to the Grays. They visited her church soon after.
At HOPEmatch, we realize we can’t be everything to everyone, so we have church partners that we can connect families with if they are in search of a church home. Eastside Church has become a very special partner to HOPEmatch. They came alongside the Gray family and loved them just where they were, just like we are supposed to love. Through their support, as well as the Grays taking advantage of almost every opportunity HOPEmatch offers to give a “hand up” including a financial class, the Grays did a 180 degree turnaround, and all kinds of blessings followed.