Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Roles reversed - we're doing the begginig

Words from the Apostle Paul:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

My son Matthew and I are very accustomed to hearing pleas for help. By the very nature of our business, we hear begging.

Just today, alone, we heard prisoners and/or their family members pleading for
-prescription shoes that were denied to a crippled inmate
-court documents that an inmate cannot retrieve on his own
-prayers for safety in a violent situation
-answers to questions about an obvious MDOC retaliation prison transfer
-assistance in getting a handi-craft program started again for women
-help in finding a family member
-assistance in filing an application for commutation.

It's not uncommon, anymore, for the HFP office to receive 10-15 requests for help A DAY!

But today, we're asking for help.

We're blaming much of our problem on the weather, but our February contributions took a steep dip. And we don't have any cushion for that kind of thing. Quite the opposite. There aren't enough of our regular partners to carry the weight. Each month we look for a few special gifts to help cover our bills.

This month, it feels like everything dried up.

We still believe we're right where God wants us to be.

We're still confident we're going to make it.

But I must admit, I'm getting a bit anxious.

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