A Community With Hope
Last month, I had the privilege to attend the Titus II Woman Lunch & Learn at the Beth. This luncheon is a part of our Community Connection initiative which provides monthly events for adult residents in Alton Park. The luncheon was about how to find our true identity in Christ. I came to take photos for Marketing but was pulled into the message with everyone else.
Pastor Connie from Rivers of Living Water Christian Center shared what it means to be a whole person. She explained that we don’t need another person to be complete. She went on to say that “If God has created you and already defined you, why are you looking for others to tell you who you are?” Her words resonated with all of us. One elderly lady shared that the Lord gave her the courage to go back to school and get her GED when she was fifty years old. Despite her insecurities and negative remarks from others, she accomplished her goal. She believed that God was on her side and would provide.
I thought about how often I believe that God can do something for someone else but not for me. It can be easy to fall into hopelessness when it comes to our own situations. It’s also easy to try to find our identity in other people or things. Pastor Connie reminded us that it’s important to remember that our true worth is in Christ, not in what we have or in the opinions of others.
After hearing so many stories, it was clear that this lovely group of individuals did not take their faith lightly. I was encouraged by their stories and how they hold onto their hope in God. Many of you may be familiar with the financial and transportation struggles of the Alton Park residents, but I think a lot of you would be amazed to hear how truly hopeful they are. They have not let their circumstances dim their faith. They persevere despite their setbacks. It is a privilege to work for a nonprofit that strives to help empower this community through spiritual and educational development.
Shari J. Watson
Shari is a UTC graduate with a background in music and writing and is currently the Marketing Assistant at the Bethlehem Center. She enjoys being out in nature, laughing with friends, eating Chinese food, and traveling as much as she can.