Sarah dropped by the church asking about backpacks for her kids. She had heard from the school that backpacks full of school supplies were available to families in need by Community Presbyterian Church but the church hadn’t delivered them to the schools yet, so she paid us a visit.
At the time, Sarah’s three boys, two in grammar school and one beginning Jr. High, were enrolled, but had none of the needed school supplies. She was recently separated from her husband, had no job, and was living in her car with her three very active boys. From the backpacks we had put together so far, Sarah chose three and her guys were ready for school.
Intrigued by a church that would take on such a ministry, Sarah’s family began regularly attending worship. Some members of the church helped her find housing, watched her guys while she went for job interviews and even picked them up from school while she was at work. And then Sarah began to give back.
As it turns out, Sarah has become one of the hardest workers around the church. She is now a deacon and a member of the Mission Committee where she helps oversee the backpack ministry, our food closet and the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Her boys are becoming fine young men, doing well in school and are active in both church and community.
When asked what those three backpacks meant to her and her family, Sarah responded with, “Hope, love, safety, comfort, SECURITY, a closed door being opened, joy, a bright light shining in the pitch black dark. Words can’t sum up the feeling.”
And now, Sarah is passing that on to as many as she can. When people experience a love as simple and yet as poignant as this, lives are changed. Sarah puts it this way, “A gift never stops being a gift and a gift never stops giving. And that same feeling is reopened with every backpack or shoebox I pack. Like a ripple starts in the ocean it just…keeps…going. That’s God moving here on earth. To the least of these…”