May Letter: Mothers
Our Neighborhood Ministries community is filled with resilient women, many of whom are moms, some of whom are raising resilient daughters.
Despite the odds, despite the challenges facing them every day, despite the trauma they have endured and the relentless temptation to give up, they get up each day to serve, to love, to make someone else’s life better, to create, to endure, to put someone else first, to reach for goals, to dream, to be a dreamer, to seek the Lord and to be a Jesus follower.
The community I am a part of is filled with resilient women who are brave, who are tough, who wait and hope and live in expectation that our Lord does not disappoint.
Here’s what I’ve learned through it all:
Don’t give up; don’t be impatient;
be entwined as one with the Lord.
Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope.
Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you!
Psalm 27:14 (TPT )
I could tell you about a hundred different women, but there isn’t enough space. So, I will tell you about Lourdes, a woman who faithfully serves in our ministry.
She told me the other day, whenever she is asked to do anything, if she can physically do it, her answer is always “yes.” As a child, Lourdes came from extreme poverty in Mexico and has lived in the U.S. for over 27 years. She and her godly husband have two special needs adult daughters who, despite their limitations, follow in their parent’s footsteps of loving others.
Lourdes says of he daughters, “I believe that they speak more because of all the interactions that they have within the community. They hear many voices that listen to them so they love to speak back.”
The whole family are regular participants and volunteers in our programs. A few years ago, when her husband José was found to have a brain tumor (which he survived), Lourdes continued to stay present for her daughters, her husband and our ministry. She didn’t give up, she didn’t surrender to her circumstances, she trusted the Lord, leaned on her church (us) and was brave. Additionally, Lourdes and Jose have adopted their nephew, just 12, whose life has now moved from hopeless to opportunity. He plays soccer with one of our staff who coaches a team and is growing up to be a wonderful young man.
She says that without NM she “would be alone in my home taking care of my girls… I would be isolated and alone and without community.” Today, as I write this, Lourdes will be at church all day, loving and serving families whose needs are tremendous. She will go home late tonight, tired, but certain that today was the “yes” she was supposed to offer.
“I am really happy to be a volunteer when I am needed and I am able to serve, I love to volunteer because of all the support and acceptance that I get from other parent volunteers.”
It’s your prayers and loving support that not only gives women like Lourdes hope, but also, a place to spread that hope to others. This Mother’s Day, would you give a special gift to continue this vital work? Your partnership allows us to continue to nurture generations of resilient women and moms who have the power to change our community from the inside out. Through the work of Neighborhood Ministries, they are impacting so many with the courage of their lives.
Thank you in advance. And on behalf of all of us, I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day!
God bless you,