Every family we meet has their own story. They are each unique and loved by God. At first they come to us as strangers, but we pray and encourage them as they quickly become friends. Our family care volunteers commit to learn each family’s story, and through that process, build relationship. Ultimately, our volunteers become a part of the story. We watch this happen as new friends spend time together, share meals, and begin to love one another. Often volunteers dive deeply enough to share both tears and joy with families. HFH volunteers commit their time to build relationships with families and live out these verses from Romans 12:
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
The hearts of our volunteers are large!! Week in and week out, they pour out the love of Christ and live out the gospel. Recently I was having dinner with one of our Family Care volunteers, Josh, and he made the following statement, “We set out to bless a family whose child was sick. What happened is that we have been blessed by them. I’m pretty sure we have gotten more out of this relationship than we have given.” As a staff we want to express our sincere gratitude for all of our family care volunteers. “We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”