“I was hesitant to sign up as a volunteer as I had been telling myself I was so busy with my three kids this summer. You know how it goes…” Haven’t we all felt like Judy at times? Serving can feel like just another task on our to-do list.
But Judy couldn’t say no to her boys any longer and succumbed to their pressure to sign up. Together, they served at Hands of Hope through the Jog-a-Thon and basketball scrimmage with refugee kids from City Heights Prep. Despite her reservations, Judy said God met her that day. “I didn’t know how much impact I could make going out to help for one day, but I felt so blessed God gave me an opportunity to grow through that day,” she said. “A lot of times I am so busy for myself and my own family that I tend to forget to look around. It was a great day to open my eyes toward our church families and other people in the community and check where my heart was. God gave me so much peace and joy all day.”
Judy said the day held an opportunity not only to show grace and compassion to refugee kids, but opened her eyes to her boys’ servant hearts. Sharing that day with her kids and their friends is a memory she still savors. More than anything, the day reminded her of God’s love for her and the reason for serving. “What I did was just sign up for one day, but my God is so loving and gracious to bless me with His endless, abundant love.”
Open your eyes to the needs of our community. Even a one-time project can change your life as you invest in the lives of others. Volunteer today!