Everyone has a story. My parents have engrained this idea into my life since I was young. They taught me to see the world around me, to see all the hurting, tired, and sad people of this dying world, and to have compassion always. I try to always remember that; everyone has a story. There are so many hurts, so many heart-breaking stories. As Christians, we are called by Christ to serve the needy and most vulnerable, to reach out and take care of the widows and orphans. But, practically, what does that look like?
In today’s culture it can seem overwhelming when you really stop to look at all the problems and help needed in our world. We, as believers, shouldn’t be so caught up and overwhelmed by it all, that we do nothing. We should simply choose to start somewhere, even if it is small or seems insignificant, it is still a step in the right direction.
My start recently began when I heard Wendi share her story and vision for The Magdalene Home at my home church one Sunday. My heart was touched and my interest sparked. Volunteering at a local level through something my church has chosen to support warmed me even more to the idea of helping out. Since recently moving to Tyler, TX, I have been pleasantly surprised by how deeply the community of churches around the Tyler area pour into their local community. And The Magdalene Home is one of the places to get plugged in.
Wendi’s vision for helping women who desperately need guidance and direction, and most importantly, the love of Christ and His good news, is amazing. Knowing that I can help, even in a small way, gives me joy. To be able to give the love of Christ to others, when I myself have been so blessed and loved by Him is an honor and blessing.
“Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.” Psalm 82: 3-4